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August 11, 2013

FBAR form TDF 90-22.1 replaced by FinCen Report 114

The FBAR form TDF 90-22.1 that US taxpayers must use to report their foreign bank and other financial accounts (usually including foreign stock brokerage accounts and pension plans) has been renamed as FinCen Report 114.  It now must be filed on line and cannot be filed on paper.  The renumbering of the form will only ad to the confusion many taxpayers have concerning the filing requirements for this form and when they must file it.

DOWNLOAD THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE NEW ON LINE FORM HERE

In June, the AICPA reported that Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) took a big step forward and began allowing third-party preparers of FBARs to e-file on behalf of account holders.  To facilitate the e-filing of FBARs, FinCEN has released a new FBAR e-filing authorization form.  The new form, FinCEN Form 114a, Record of Authorization to Electronically File FBARs, is to be used by filers who submit FBARs jointly with their spouses, or through third-party preparers.  The form should not be filed with the FBAR but copies of it must be maintained by both the filer and the account holder and made available upon request by FinCEN or the IRS. 

FinCEN is also making technical adjustments to ease FBAR filing and allow for enhancements such as introducing new space on the form for filers to provide reasons for late filing as well as the addition of third party preparer information. In addition, an FBAR batch filing capability is now available for testing. These new capabilities and the ability for filers to test their batch files are available on the BSA E-Filing Test site. Updated FBAR Batch Filing Specifications are also located on the BSA E-Filing Test site. FinCEN anticipates the revised electronic FBAR and batch capability will be available for general use by September 30, 2013.

If you need assistance filing late FBARs (now FINCEN Form 114) please email us at ddnelson@gmail.com or visit our website at www.TaxMeLess.com 


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