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14648: FinCEN 114 - Frequently Asked Questions

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Choose from the following frequently asked questions about Form FinCEN 114: .

About Form FinCEN 114

The FinCEN Report 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is required if a taxpayer meets the following requirements:

  1. The United States person had a financial interest in or signature authority over at least one financial account located outside of the United States; and
  2. The aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the calendar year reported.

Note: FinCEN Form 114 is filed separately from the federal and state returns. Unlike tax forms that are filed with the IRS, the FinCEN Form 114 report is e-filed with the United States Department of the Treasury as part of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

For more information see Drake Software FAQs.

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Due Date

The FBAR filing deadline follows the Federal income tax due date guidance, which notes that when the Federal income tax due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, a return is considered timely filed if filed on the next succeeding day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Taxpayers are allowed an automatic extension to October 15 if they fail to meet the FBAR annual due date of April 15. There is no need to request an extension to file the FBAR. 

Important: To clear EF message 1487 (which generates after the due date), choose the applicable Late-filing reason on the 114 screen. For option Z - Other, you must also attach a statement by using the SCH screen, statement number F14. The late filing reason is produced in the FinCEN 114 return as Form 114 pg 6. If the late filing reason is a selection other than Z, an SCH screen statement will not be included with the FinCEN return.

For more information or additional extensions, see the IRS FBAR page and the BSA Electronic Filing Requirements For Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FinCEN Form 114) Instructions

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Record Retention Requirements:

The records must be retained for a period of 5 years from June 30th of the year following the calendar year reported. Those records must be available for inspection as provided by law. Retaining a copy of the filed FBAR can help to satisfy the record keeping requirements. For more information on record keeping, see the website.

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Preparing and E-filing through Drake Tax:

Follow these steps to prepare and e-file the form through the current year of Drake Tax:

Note: Only the current and two immediately prior years are enabled for e-filing. Prior year filing of Forms FinCEN 114 must be done through the BSA website instead.

  1. Open screen FRGN, available from the Foreign tab of the Data Entry Menu,
  2. Choose taxpayer, spouse, or joint from the TSJ box to indicate to which individual the account belongs. See below for more information on this selection.*
  3. Make a selection from the Account is for drop list for each account.
  4. Complete all other necessary fields on the FRGN screen. 
    • Press Page Down to open a new screen for each account.
    • The foreign account screens and information will be updated to next year unless the Do not update box is marked. 
  5. Close the FRGN screen and open screen 114 (also available from the Foreign tab). Complete all necessary fields.
    • The signature date field on the 114 screen must be the current date to allow e-file (FBAR Message 1466). 
    • If the preparer is self-employed and does not have an EIN in Setup > Firms (because they are self-employed), mark the box Self-employed to prevent FBAR Message 1476. This checkbox refers to the preparer being self-employed NOT the taxpayer. 
  6. Mark the FinCEN Form 114 is ready for transmission check box at the top of the screen.
  7. View the return (press Ctrl+V or click View from the toolbar) and review any EF messages on the FBAR Messages Pg.
    • Errors on the MESSAGES page are not required to be cleared before e-filing the FinCEN 114; only FBAR Messages prevent e-filing of the FinCEN 114. 
  8. Return to data entry and clear any EF messages related to FinCEN 114. 
  9. Open screen EF (available from the General tab of the Data Entry Menu), and mark the FinCEN 114 only check box.
    • The FinCEN 114 cannot be transmitted with any other federal or state return type in the same transmission. The FINCEN 114 must be transmitted separately.
  10. From the Home window of Drake Tax, go to EF > Select Returns for EF, and select the FinCEN report.
  11. Proceed through the usual procedure for e-file submissions.

Important: If the FinCEN Form 114 was not filed by the due date (or extended due date), the applicable Late-filing reason should be chosen on the 114 screen.
     - If choosing Z - Other, you must also attach a statement by using the SCH screen, statement number F14. The late filing reason is produced in the FinCEN 114 return as Form 114 pg 6.
     - If the late filing reason is a selection other than Z - Other, an SCH screen statement will not be included with the FinCEN return.

*Starting in Drake19, data entry has been streamlined to decrease duplicate data entry as follows:

  • Accounts owned jointly between the taxpayer and spouse should be entered on one FRGN screen using as the TSJ box code. 
  • Accounts owned by the taxpayer, but not jointly with the spouse, should be entered on the FRGN screen using the code.
  • Accounts owned by the spouse, but not jointly with taxpayer, should be entered on the FRGN screen using the code.
  • Notes:
    • If ALL accounts entered are owned jointly then only one report is shown in view mode and only one is transmitted when e-filed to the U.S. Treasury Department.
    • If ANY screen is completed using a or code, then two separate reports are created-- one for taxpayer, one for spouse. Those screens with the code will be included in both reports.

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Receiving Acknowledgments:

  • Once filed, it takes a minimum of 48 hours up to a maximum of 2 weeks for acknowledgments to come back from the BSA. The BSA does not currently process filings on holidays or weekends, so the time-frame is counted in business days. 
  • Acknowledgments (acks) for FinCEN 114 are received in the same manner as other acks in Drake Tax.
  • Starting in Drake19, an acknowledgement page called EF FBAR will produce in View mode of the return displaying the acceptance date and BSA identifier once received from the BSA. Note that you must retrieve and process acks (through the EF menu) before this will show in view mode of the applicable return. 
  • If the e-filed return receives a reject, Drake Software will contact you and guide you through the steps for correcting and re-submitting the form.
  • There is no perfection period for the FinCEN Form 114. If the FinCEN comes back with a warning/reject, you must make corrections within the correction period, which is 30 days.

See the BSA Electronic Filing Requirements for further information.

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EF message 1468

FBAR EF message 1468 states:

INCOMPLETE LATE FILING REASON: A selection of "Z - Other" has been made in the "Late filing reason" drop list on screen 114, but the required explanation has not been completed. Click the "SCH" link, and from the SCH screen, select "F14 - FBAR" from the "Statementnumber" drop list, then type an explanation in the text box.
If the "F14" election made on screen SCH is for spouse-only accounts, enter "2" in the Multi-form code field of the SCH screen

Both a selection of F14 and an explanation are required to be entered on the SCH screen. If the FinCEN 114 is for the spouse you must select S in the TSJ box and enter a Multi-form code of 2 on the SCH screen that is being used to explain why the spouse is filing their FinCEN 114 late.  

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Can I e-file an amended FinCEN 114 through Drake Tax?

Yes, to e-file an amended FinCEN 114 through Drake Tax, Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the 114 screen and check the Amended box.
  2. Enter the Prior report BSA identifier (or all zeros if your BSA identifier is unknown).
  3. Make any other necessary changes to the report.
  4. Recalculate and re-transmit the FinCEN 114 to the BSA. 

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