Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act). FATCA aims to improve compliance of U.S. taxpayers... more +
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2010 as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act). FATCA aims to improve compliance of U.S. taxpayers by capturing tax revenue related to foreign assets and off-shore accounts.  less -
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BVI's FATCA implementation continues

The implementation of the FATCA Intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) signed by the BVI with the US and the UK has taken another step forward by way of amendments to the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003 (MLAT)...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Clarifies Obligations of Participating FFIs to Report Pre-Existing Accounts

Earlier today, Treasury and the IRS issued yet another correcting amendment to the previously-issued regulations implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA become effective on July 1, 2014, and...more

Hong Kong Signs FATCA IGA

On November 13, 2014, Hong Kong announced that it had signed a Model 2 FATCA IGA. Under the agreement Hong Kong financial institutions will enter into separate FFI agreements with the IRS and will report information on U.S....more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - November 2014

REIT Spin-Offs: Recent Transactions and IRS Rulings - Several recent corporate spin-offs in the United States have involved real estate investment trusts (REITs). Provided several requirements are satisfied, including...more

The use of offshore SPVs in Shariah compliant transactions post-FATCA

In recent years and in the wake of the global financial crisis, international financial centers (IFCs) such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands (Cayman) have faced unprecedented political and regulatory...more

Informal Surrender Of Green Card Doesn’t Work

The recent decision of the U.S.Tax Court, in Gerd Topsnik, (2014) makes it clear that an “informal” surrender of a Green Card, while recognized under immigration laws is not recognized for tax purposes....more

Automatic Exchange of Information: End to banking secrecy or flight of fancy? Common Reporting Standard

THE COMMON REPORTING STANDARD - On the 29 October 2014, a total of 51 jurisdictions signed a multilateral agreement to participate in the automatic exchange of information under the Common Reporting Standard ("CRS"). A...more

U.S. Will Disclose Swiss Bank Information

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made demand of 106 Swiss banks for information and cooperation under the terms of proposed Non-prosecution agreements (NPA). Non-prosecution agreements were offered to Swiss banks in...more

FATCA Alert

In recent years, the United States has increased initiatives to counter tax evasion committed by U.S. persons who are not reporting and paying U.S. income tax on earnings derived from foreign financial assets. The Foreign...more

Put Another Notch in the DOJ Gun

In the history of the old west when gun fighters survived a gun fight they might put a “notch” in their pistol as a badge of honor. Well the U.S. Department of Justice can put another notch in its weapon of choice, threat of...more

Switzerland Announces Intention to Change from Model 2 IGA to Model 1

On October 8, 2014, Swiss officials announced that they intend to negotiate a reciprocal Model 1 FATCA IGA to replace the Model 2 IGA that they signed in 2013. The motivation for the change is unknown, but the automatic...more

FATCA Notebook: Former IRS Chief, Taxpayer Advocate Criticize FATCA; Switzerland Moves Toward Greater Transparency

First, former acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller speaks out against FATCA and suggests that the benefits of the new information reporting regime imposed by FATCA may not outweigh its costs. An article published by...more

2014-15 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Registered investment advisers are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As aid to the required review, below is a summary of material developments during the past...more

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

FATCA Update: Brazil Signs IGA with U.S. and Treasury Releases More Guidance

On September 24, 2014, the government of Brazil announced it had signed an intergovernmental agreement with the United States as part of its adoption of the requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The...more

FATCA Letters-What Should I Do Now?

As a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, (FATCA), the latest estimates are that over 77,000 Foreign Financial Institutions (FFI’s) and over 80 foreign governments have entered into agreements to provide...more

IRS Issues FATCA Fraud Alert

As part of its continuing efforts to combat the serious problem of identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service warned today that fraudsters have expanded their widening schemes to obtain identity information to foreign...more

Offshore Voluntary Discloure; Is it too late

September 15, 2014 is an important for taxpayer who maintained accounts at any of 106 Swiss banks (participating banks) that are participating in the Department of Justice non-prosecution program. Here is why....more

Bandfield Confirms Aggressive FATCA Enforcement Tactics

On Sept. 9, 2014, in U.S v. Robert Bandfield et al., federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announced the indictment of a U.S. citizen and others, including offshore corporate service providers (CSPs) and...more

FATCA Violation Underlies Latest US Tax and Securities Fraud Charges

Indictment demonstrates the strength of US law enforcement efforts to combat offshore fraud and is the first to charge a FATCA violation. On September 9, 2014, in US v. Robert Bandfield, et al., federal prosecutors in...more

Editorial: Qualifying for Treaty Benefits Under the “Derivative Benefits” Article

Foreign persons are subject to U.S. federal income tax on a limited basis. Unlike U.S. persons who are subject to U.S. federal income tax on their worldwide income, foreign persons generally are subject to U.S. taxation on...more

FATCA: Trapped by the Land of the Free?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been billed as the U.S.’s bold effort to go after tax dodgers and cheats. The picture painted is that of greedy rich people secreting their fortunes in offshore accounts and...more

FATCA Alert: IRS Issues Final Version of the Form W-8BEN-E and Accompanying Instructions

On June 25, 2014, the IRS finally issued the instructions to the new version of Form W-8BEN-E, an 8-page withholding certificate to be completed by foreign entities. Previously, foreign individuals and most foreign entities...more

Legal framework for FATCA in the Russian Federation

Special Alert: On 30 June 2014 Law No. 173-FZ “On specifics of financial operations with foreign citizens and legal entities, on amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences (…)” dated 28 June...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

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