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The FBAR Deadline For Federal Tax Year 2019 Update!

The FBAR deadline for Federal tax year 2019 update!

Author(s): Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
The following article first appeared in FinCen, Thursday, October 16 2020.

Oct 14, 2020
*** The FBAR deadline for Federal tax year 2019 has been moved from 15 Oct 2020 to 31 Dec 2020 (ONLY FOR DISASTER AREAS). If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the BSA E-Filing Help Desk.

FinCEN Clarifies FBAR Extensions

Notice (October 16, 2020)

WASHINGTON, D.C. –– On October 14, 2020, FinCEN posted an incorrect message on its Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) E-Filing website. FinCEN removed it within 24 hours.  The message incorrectly stated there was a new filing extension until December 31, 2020 for all filers of Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs).  The extension until December 31, 2020, however, is intended only as an accommodation for victims of recent natural disasters covered in FinCEN’s October 6, 2020 notice ( Click Here )

FinCEN apologizes for the error and any confusion this has caused, and has coordinated with the IRS to address the concerns of filers who may have missed their filing deadline due to the October 14, 2020 message.

Filers who file their 2019 calendar year FBAR by October 31, 2020 will be deemed to have timely filed.  As set out in the October 6 notice, FBAR filers impacted by recent natural disasters continue to have until December 31, 2020 to file their FBARs.

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