Congress Matches FBAR Filing to Tax Return Dates, Allows Extension, Penalty Abatement
Posted by William Byrnes on August 5, 2015
BNA Reports – Practitioners are praising the new deadline for reporting foreign bank accounts tucked into newly signed legislation (Pub. L. No. 114-041) to extend the Highway Trust Fund.
The measure ensures that the due date for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), formerly June 30, is now the same as the U.S. tax filing deadline of April 15—a change that practitioners said would help taxpayers who frequently didn’t know the deadlines were different.
Taxpayers can also now ask for the same six-month extension for FBARs that they can get for their tax returns—permitting them to file by Oct. 15. That option didn’t exist before.