Currency Transaction Report (CTR) & Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)

January 13, 2010 by
Filed under: FBAR, IRS 

U.S. financial institutions file Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) and Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) with the IRS Detroit Computing Center (uploaded into the IRS/DCC Currency Banking and Retrieval System database at the IRS/DCC).

The combined CTR/SAS currency transaction reports provides a paper trail (or roadmap) for investigations of financial crimes and illegal activities including: tax evasion, embezzlement and money laundering.  Between 1994 – 1997, the IRS criminal Investigation Division initiated 1030 investigations as a result of CTR/SAR (Currency Transaction Reports).  
 
Report/Requirements

Currency Transaction Report (CTR) – Filed by financial institutions that engage in a currency transaction in excess of $10,000.
 
Currency Transaction Report Casino (CTRC) – Filed by a casino to report currency transactions in excess of $10,000.

Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) – Filed by individuals to report a financial interest in or signatory authority over one or more accounts in foreign countries, if the aggregate value of these accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.
 
IRS Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business – Filed by persons engaged in a trade or business who, in the course of that trade or business, receives more than $10,000 in cash in one transaction or two or more related transactions within a twelve month period.
 
Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) – Filed on transactions or attempted transactions involving at least $5,000 that the financial institution knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect the money was derived from illegal activities. Also filed when transactions are part of a plan to violate federal laws and financial reporting requirements (structuring).

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