On September 30, 2013, FinCEN posted, on their internet site, a notice announcing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (the current FBAR form). FinCEN Form 114 supersedes TD F 90-22.1 (the FBAR form that was used in prior years) and is only available online through the BSA E-Filing System website.
On July 29, 2013, FinCEN posted a notice on their internet site that introduced a new form to filers who submit FBARs jointly with spouses or who wish to have a third party preparer file their FBARs on their behalf. The new FinCEN Form 114a, Record of Authorization to Electronically File FBARs, is not submitted with the filing but, instead, is maintained with the FBAR records by the filer and the account owner, and made available to FinCEN or IRS on request.
Differences Between TDF 90.22.1 & Form 114:
- The FinCEN Form 114 supersedes TD F 90-22.1 as the official FBAR form.
- The new FinCEN Form 114 is only available online on BSA E-Filing System website.
- A paper copy of the FinCEN Form 114 will not be accepted.
- The system allows the filer to enter the calender reported, including past years on the online form.
- The online form offers an option to explain a late filing.
- It also lets you indicate if a filing is being made in conjunction with an IRS compliance program.
- If you are filing FBAR with your spouse jointly or if you wish to have a third party preparer file your FBARs on your behalf, you can use the new FinCEN Form 114a. This form is not filed with the Form 114 but maintained with the FBAR records by the filer.