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3 SARs a year

How many SARs should I file a year on continuing activity?

In SAR frequently asked question # 16, we file no more than 3 per year. 30+90+30 equals 150 days on continuing activity.

What is the filing timeframe for submitting a continuing activity report?
FinCEN provided clarifying guidance on this question in Section 4 (Page 53) of SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips, & Issues #21. The guidance states “Financial institutions with SAR requirements may file SARs for continuing activity after a 90-day review with the filing deadline being 120 days after the date of the previously related SAR filing. Financial institutions may also file SARs on continuing activity earlier than the 120-day deadline if the institution believes the activity warrants earlier review by law enforcement.”
So, for filings where a subject has been identified, the timeline is as follows:
Identification of suspicious activity and subject: Day 0.
Deadline for initial SAR filing: Day 30.
End of 90 day review: Day 120.
Deadline for continuing activity SAR with subject information: Day 150 (120 days from the date of the initial filing on Day 30).
If the activity continues, this timeframe will result in three SARs filed over a 12-month period.
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First published on 10/13/2019

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