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I've moved you into a thread of your own to try and attract a few more replies.

Tried to get into the online filing site for the FBARs and never succeeded, so I don't know if they have the ability to back file or not. Frankly, I doubt there is any ability to add a note or message to the online filing, but I could be wrong about that.
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Bev, you could ring their helpline. Daphne was quite helpful. On the online form, you can fill in different years and amend the fbars already submitted. They also have a way you can send messages.

My only concern with all this is that they will probably in future be more likely to audit filers so it will be essential to have one's records completely available because they can easily ask people to uload them via this system. It will be easier but also almost Orwellian.
 

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Just a warning from what my accountant has been told by another specialist preparer: that an expat based in the UK who filed online fbars including delinquent ones from earlier years has been hit with late fbar fines (possibly computer-generated) and will need to get a lawyer involved to try and get the penalties lifted. Obviously the new online filing system is making the Dept of Treasury's job that much easier.

I think filing for 2011 forward is easier via online because it produces the prized acknowledgement of receipt but if filing for past years, safer to use snail mail accompanied by a letter pleading reasonable cause...
 

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Even if you send it in by paper, it does ultimately get uploaded into their system. So why would it matter if you send it electronically or by paper ? The only difference might be that inaccuracies in transcribing are less likely if you send it by paper. Sending electronically might give them the documents faster, but it shouldn't make much of a difference in terms of who is picked out for audit.
I suspect that their computers automatically issued a penalty notice.
 
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