FinCEN Creates FBAR E-Filing System

July 18, 2011

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Monday said it has developed an electronic filing system for Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The reports can now be filed via FinCEN’s BSA E-Filing System .

 

A United States person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over foreign financial accounts must file an FBAR if the aggregate value of the foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.

 

FinCEN said it can only accept FBAR e-filings when one signature is required because the system’s current capability allows for only one digital signature. Although the FBAR instructions state that a spouse included as a joint owner, who does not file a separate FBAR, must also sign the FBAR, the e-filing process does not yet allow for both signatures on the same electronic form. So, to take advantage of e-filing, each spouse must file separately.

 

FinCEN said paper forms will still be accepted. The agency also said it is working on developing software for preparing and filing FBARs.

 

Visit the FBAR resources page on AICPA.org for more information about recent changes in FBAR filing requirements.

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