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October 13, 2011

Special Extended Filing Date for pre-2010 FBAR Signatory Powers IS November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 is the deadline for persons whose relationship to foreign accounts is as signatory only (i.e., those persons who have no ownership or title interest in any foreign accounts but serve as signatory only) to file FBARs for pre-2010 years. See Notice 2011-54, 2011-29 IRB 53. Those who qualify for this extended deadline should take action to file immediately.

The problem for such signatories, of course, is that U.S. owners (title or beneficial) may have their own FBAR filing requirements and, unless the owners filed (or will file) pursuant to a voluntary disclosure (OVDI or regular (quiet or noisy)), the signatory FBARs will not match to owner FBARs.  For those U.S. taxpayer owners who decided to go forward without correcting the past, their signatories (usually family members or friends) are at risk if they choose not to file the signatory FBARs within this extended deadline.  If they file, their FBARs could be the last link in the chain in identifying the U.S. taxpayer owners who have not gotten right with the IRS and, if they don't file, they are at risk of huge penalties.   This choice is not a good one for family or friends.  Owners of the accounts should consider now getting right with the IRS (however they do so, whether by quiet or noisy disclosure) so as to mitigate the  potential damage all signatories.

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