If you miss the April 15 FBAR filing deadline, you’ll receive an automatic six-month filing extension. For delinquent FBARs from prior tax years, you should use one of the offshore disclosure methods to file your late FBARs.
If you’re having tax problems
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If you failed to file FBARs for one or more tax years, you have several options for correcting your noncompliance. The best option for your situation will depend on many factors, and you should consult a tax attorney before choosing an offshore disclosure method.
A failure to file FBARs and Form 8938 can result in numerous civil tax penalties. Criminal penalties are also a possibility, which could result in jail time.
If you had a financial interest in or signature authority over foreign accounts exceeding $10,000, you need to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). An unfiled FBAR can lead to a $10,000 penalty for non-willful violations and much higher penalties for willful violations.