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I'd been unable to open FinCEN Report 114 in Chrome. Tried the instructions to disable Chrome PDF Viewer in chrome://plugins and enabling Adobe. Clicking on the site would try to download FFBAR.pdf to my computer. Opening the site in Internet Explorer resolved the problem. Foxitreader would not work, has to be Adobe. I can remember struggling with a similar problem last year. They sure don't make it easy for you!

Firefox appears to also be usable for the FBAR E-Filing. Upon selecting "FinCEN Report 114" a dialog appears asking how to open the file NFBAR.pdf: open with pdf reader or save file. The pdf reader must be selected. If the file NFBAR.pdf is not opened in the browser, it will not be possible to "sign" it. In Chrome, I could find no alternative to "saving" the file. Hence, I could not "sign" it.

Changes must be made to all browsers in order to file. See http://bsaefiling.fincen.treas.gov/d...ges.pdf#Page=1

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Old 04.04.2015, 22:49
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

I haven't done mine yet. And I've moved to a Mac. But last year it was a massive pita with Adobe. Ah.... Fun. Not.

Should do it soon.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

I was beginning to think I was the only one who did his own taxes... Tried the site in Safari on the wife's iMac. It requires Adobe. Special instructions for Safari are here: bsaefiling.fincen.treas.gov/docs/FBAR_EFILING.pdf. Almost as much fun as looking for easter eggs...
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

for us, FBAR is so easy. The form, anyway - the process bites. I still have a PC laptop if all fails.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

It'll be the last time for me. Raiffeisen gave me the boot last year. I told them I would take it in the form of the barbarous relic. I'm off the radar.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

I was trying to submit the completed FBAR PDF and kept getting: "You must first log in to the BSA E-Filing application in order to submit this form. Once logged in, you may then re-open this form and submit."

So I spoke with the FBAR folks and they say to use Internet Explorer and not the new Adobe Acrobat DC but the older version of Adobe Reader, either 10 or 11.

Then I figured out that after logging into the FBAR system, you need to open your Adobe PDF document in Internet Explorer itself and not in the standalone Adobe Reader software. Then the SUBMIT button works.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

Evidently the US Treasury's Financial Crimes agency (FinCEN), responsible for the FBAR, must think the FBAR submission is child's play. The FBAR instructions say:

"Generally, a child is responsible for filing his or her own FBAR report. If a child cannot file his or her own FBAR for any reason, such as age, the child's parent, guardian, or other legally responsible person must file it for the child."

http://www.fincen.gov/forms/files/FB...structions.pdf
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

The US Congress is considering making the filing date of the FBAR (FinCEN 114) contemporaneous with the filing date for US tax returns.

(11) The due date of FinCEN Report 114 (re-

lating to Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Ac-
counts) shall be April 15 with a maximum extension
for a 6-month period ending on October 15 and with
provision for an extension under rules similar to the
rules in Treas. Reg. section 1.60815. For any tax-
payer required to file such Form for the first time,
any penalty for failure to timely request for, or file,
an extension, may be waived by the Secretary.

See p. 43 of this bill:
http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/...WI_040_xml.pdf

This might be seen as an improvement but I still object to filing anything with a US government office called Financial Crimes Information Network (FinCEN) by simply having an ordinary bank account with a normal bank where I happen to live.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

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Evidently the US Treasury's Financial Crimes agency (FinCEN), responsible for the FBAR, must think the FBAR submission is child's play. The FBAR instructions say:

"Generally, a child is responsible for filing his or her own FBAR report. If a child cannot file his or her own FBAR for any reason, such as age, the child's parent, guardian, or other legally responsible person must file it for the child."

http://www.fincen.gov/forms/files/FB...structions.pdf
As an exhibit to the Sen. Rand Paul Fatca lawsuit, there's a letter from the US Embassy's Vice-Consul in Bern to a father in Switzerland explaining why his American daughter is not allowed to renounce her US citizenship until she is at least 16 years old. The substance is: "Children under age 16 are presumed not to have the requisite maturity and knowing intent.

http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/wp-conte...1-Exhbit-1.pdf

On the other hand, children, including babies, are responsible for submitting their own FBARs to FinCEN (US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network).

The State Department may show some common sense regarding citizenship renunciation by minors. US Treasury's FinCEN requirement that children submit FBARs makes you think that Forrest Gump runs the place. Pure idiocy.
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Re: FBAR E-Filing

The US Bern Embassy vice-consul who signed the letter to the Swiss father with an American daughter has a Linkedin page with his background (assuming its the same person). Five years with the US State Department, two Masters degrees, speaks multiple languages:

Barrett Travis:

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
2010 Today (5 Years)
Instructor, University of Denver
2009 2010 (1 Year)
Director of International Marketing, Dish Network
2006 2008 (2 Years)
Languages
German
Hebrew
French
Education
Thunderbird School of Global Management, MBA, International Marketing
University of Colorado at Denver, BS, International Business
University of Denver, Master of Arts (MA), Middle Eastern Studies and Terrorism

Since terrorist jobs are in high demand these days, I'm just wondering why he couldn't get a job with ISIS or Shabab or the Taliban and ended up working for the US government. Weren't they hiring when he graduated?
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