Q: What do I enter for “Filing Name”? (SAR)
A: The filing name can be any name the financial institution chooses to use to identify the specific filing (e.g., Bank SAR 4-4-2013). The process for assigning filing names is for the financial institution to decide, and can assist the financial institution in tracking its BSA filings. We recommend using a naming convention that will be easy to understand and track for recordkeeping and audit/examination purposes. FinCEN strongly recommends, however, that FinCEN SAR file names not include the names of subjects as this may lead to the inappropriate disclosure of the SAR, which is prohibited by law and regulation.
This FAQ was obtained from FinCEN’s website, FinCEN SAR FAQs section, which may be found here: