In a merciful move, the Treasury has again extended the FBAR filing deadline for persons with only signature authority over a foreign financial account to November 1, 2011. [Notice 2011-54]. Two previous extensions had pushed the FBAR due date to June 30, 2011, but the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the IRS recognized the difficulty signatories were having locating the information they needed to complete the form.
Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), must be filed annually by all U.S. citizens, residents, business entities, trusts, and estates with a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts (FFA) with an aggregate value greater than $10,000.
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For previous coverage of the FBAR in Advisor’s Journal, see Do Your Clients’ International Assets Create Criminal Tax Exposure? (CC 11-73) & IRS Provides FBAR Answers (CC 11-119).