Certain individuals who have only signature authority over non-US financial accounts now have until April 15, 2023 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on December 9, 2021, released Notice 2021-1, which states that certain persons who are obligated to file FinCEN Form 114 – Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) now have until April 15, 2023 to file the form.
This extended filing deadline applies to certain individuals who have signature authority over, but no financial interest in, one or more foreign (i.e., non-US) financial accounts. The extension also applies to certain employees or officers of investment advisers registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) who have signature authority over, but no financial interest in, certain foreign financial accounts.
In the notice, FinCEN references proposed rules issued on March 10, 2016 that would expand and clarify the exemptions for certain US persons with signature authority over foreign financial accounts, which were addressed in prior notices that extended deadlines for such individuals.
This extension covers not only the reporting of signature authority held by such persons for 2021 but also the reporting deadlines previously extended under FinCEN Notices 2011-1, 2011-2, 2012-1, 2012-2, 2013-1, 2014-1, 2015-1, 2016-1, 2017-1, 2018-1, 2019-1, and 2020-1.
The filing due date of April 15, 2022 (with respect to the 2021 calendar year) remains applicable to all others who are required to file an FBAR.
Generally, FinCEN Notice 2021-1 further extends the FBAR filing deadline for the following employees and officers of certain “excepted entities” (as defined in the final regulations released by FinCEN on February 24, 2011):
Notice 2021-1 also generally extends the filing deadline for employees or officers of investment advisers registered with the SEC who have signature or other authority over, but no financial interest in, foreign financial accounts of persons that are not investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act). The exemption set forth in the final regulations covers only employees of “authorized service providers” with respect to accounts of mutual funds that are registered under the 1940 Act.
As noted, the above-described employees or officers now have until April 15, 2023 to file FBARs.
When adopted in final form, proposed regulations issued in March 2016 (discussed in our March 2016 LawFlash) will provide significant relief from the FBAR filing requirement to a broader group of individuals than those eligible for the extension under Notice 2021-1.
Our “Ultimate FBAR Due Date Chart” has been updated to reflect these extended deadlines.
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. The prior deadline for such persons was April 15, 2021, per Notice 2019-1, which is consistent with the federal income tax due date. Pursuant to P.L. 114-41, FinCEN will grant filers failing to meet the FBAR annual due date of April 15 an automatic extension to October 15 of the same calendar year, and specific requests for this extension are not required.