FBAR Deadline 2023 Extension: Key Information for Taxpayers

May 1, 2024

In this article, we will provide key information for taxpayers regarding the FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) deadline extension for the tax year 2023, including the significant benefit of an automatic extension. Americans abroad have an automatic extension to file the FBAR by the October 15th deadline if they fail to meet the annual April 15 due date, allowing filers extra time without the need to request an extension from the government. The FBAR is an essential requirement for U.S. taxpayers with financial accounts outside of the United States. Understanding the automatic extension, deadline extension, and the necessary steps to comply with the regulations is crucial. Let’s dive into the details and ensure you have all the information you need to meet your FBAR obligations.

2023 FBAR FILING DEADLINE EXTENSION: KEY INFORMATION FOR TAXPAYERS

The FBAR filing deadline extension for the year 2023 is automatic for taxpayers who reside overseas, including Americans abroad. They receive an additional 6 months to fulfill their reporting obligations, with the extended deadline specifically designed to accommodate the unique needs of these individuals. This FBAR filing deadline extension ensures that Americans abroad who did not file by the April 15th deadline have until October 15, 2024, to submit their FBAR reports accurately. It is crucial for taxpayers to understand that this extension applies specifically to the FBAR filing and not to other tax-related deadlines.

Taxpayers must ensure that their FBAR reports are submitted on or before the October 15, 2024, deadline to avoid penalties and potential legal consequences. This extended deadline provides essential additional time for gathering the necessary information and completing the FBAR forms accurately.

WHO NEEDS TO FILE REPORT OF FOREIGN BANK AND FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS (FBAR)?

FBAR filing is mandatory for U.S. taxpayers who meet the reporting threshold set by the IRS. If the aggregate value of your foreign financial accounts, including bank accounts and any other foreign financial account at a financial institution located outside the United States, exceeds $10,000 at any point during the year, you are required to file an FBAR. This includes individuals with personal accounts, as well as those with a financial interest in or signature authority over certain foreign financial accounts, encompassing both regular bank accounts and diverse financial instruments, held overseas.

It is crucial to understand that FBAR reporting is not limited to individuals alone. Entities such as corporations, partnerships, and trusts may also have FBAR filing requirements if they meet the threshold criteria based on the aggregate value of their accounts.

Related: FBAR vs. Form 8938: A side-by-side comparison

HOW TO FILE FBAR FOR FOREIGN FINANCIAL ACCOUNTS?

To file your FBAR, you need to use the FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. The form can be electronically filed through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network‘s (FinCEN) BSA E-Filing System. This electronic filing system ensures secure transmission of your information to the IRS.

When filing your FBAR, it’s crucial to report foreign financial accounts, including every financial account like banking, pension, and investment accounts located outside of the U.S. that you have a financial interest in or signature authority over. This encompasses accounts where you have the authority to control the disposition of assets through direct communication with the institution. Make sure to provide accurate and complete information regarding your foreign financial accounts. Include details such as the account numbers, financial institution names, maximum values during the year, and any other required information. Review your submission carefully to avoid errors that could potentially lead to penalties or delays in processing.

2023 FBAR DEADLINE EXTENSION FAQS

1. WHAT IS THE NEW DEADLINE FOR FBAR FILING IN 2024?

The new deadline for FBAR filing in 2024 is October 15th.

2. WHAT FORM SHOULD I USE TO FILE MY FBAR?

You should use FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, to file your FBAR.

The FBAR deadline extension for 2024 provides taxpayers with valuable additional time to meet their reporting obligations. It is essential to take advantage of this extension and ensure that your FBAR reports are submitted accurately and on time. Remember to gather all the necessary information, complete the FinCEN Form 114 diligently, and file your FBAR by the October 15th deadline.

We charge $100 per FBAR regardless of the number of accounts you have. Contact us today and become tax compliant.

Written by

Kasia Strzelczyk, EA

A certified accountant and IRS enrolled agent with over 8 years of experience working with US expats. With a deep understanding of the unique financial challenges faced by expats, Kasia is dedicated to helping clients navigate complex tax laws and regulations.

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