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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Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles - New Brochure - The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has issued new technical guidelines regarding “Luxembourg Infrastructure Investment Vehicles”,...more

FATCA: Making First Submissions and Maintaining Compliance

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in 2010, it has been slowly transitioning to implementation, with 2015 being the first year of required reportings. For anyone not familiar with the Act, FATCA...more

IRS Reminds Taxpayers with Foreign Assets of Their FBAR/FATCA Obligations As Key Deadline Approaches

Today the Internal Revenue Service issued two public notices reminding taxpayers of their obligations to report foreign assets as the June 30 FBAR deadline fast approaches. Each notice referred to the extensive guidance...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Enforcement – FCA Fines £13.2 Million for Transaction Reporting Failures - The FCA fined Merrill Lynch International (MLI) £13.2 million on 22 April 2015 for incorrectly reporting 35,034,810 transactions and failing to...more

US FATCA – British Virgin Islands BVIFARS Portal deadline extended

The International Tax Authority of the British Virgin Islands has announced the extension of two important BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFARs Portal) deadlines as follows. - (i) The Enrolment Deadline - to...more

UK FATCA -- Election dates extended in ARR for UK RNDs

The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have entered into agreements with the UK for automatic disclosure of information in respect of interests in financial accounts held by UK residents. Most UK residents are...more

BVI FATCA Compliance Deadlines Extended

This week the British Virgin Islands (BVI) announced the extension of its FATCA registration and reporting deadlines, as follows...more

Delinquent International Information Tax Returns May Extend the Statute of Limitations on Your Entire Federal Tax Return

More and more, U.S. taxpayers are becoming aware of their federal tax reporting obligation for foreign financial accounts, interests and assets. With increased IRS enforcement, broader media coverage of international tax...more

Top 10 Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR) Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)

While FBAR reporting rules are frequently misunderstood, US persons have several options to correct mistakes, before the government learns of the non-compliance. June 30th is the annual deadline for filing a Foreign...more

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

UK FATCA - Alternative reporting regime for UK resident non-domiciled individuals

The British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands have entered into agreements with the UK for automatic disclosure of information in respect of interests in financial accounts held by UK residents. Most UK residents are...more

Cayman Islands FATCA Compliance Deadlines Extended Again

The Cayman Islands announced the further extension of its FATCA registration and reporting deadlines, as follows... ...Cayman Islands investment entities that have been classified as “Reporting Cayman Islands Financial...more

Cayman Islands Extend FATCA Compliance Deadlines

On May 11, 2015, the Cayman Islands announced the extension of its FATCA registration and reporting deadlines, as follows...more

International Tax Grows Up: The Tax Section at 75, Subpart F at 53, and the Foreign Tax Credit at 97

As the Tax Section celebrates its 75th anniversary, I was asked to reflect on the Section’s contribution in the international tax arena and on how the Section’s international community has grown. I started by recognizing the...more

IRS Plans to Shift Risk of Withholding Agent Fraud to the Taxpayer for Foreign Withholding

Chapter 3 of the Internal Revenue Code requires payors (and recipients) of certain types of U.S. source income to withhold tax if the beneficial owner or recipient is a non-U.S. person for income tax purposes. Chapter 4 also...more

FATCA Compliance Deadline Reminder – Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands investment entities that have been classified as “Reporting Cayman Islands Financial Institutions” for purposes of FATCA should make every effort to enroll with the Cayman government by the April 30, 2015...more

No Place to Hide – FATCA Reporting Begins

Foreign asset reporting requirements are nothing new.  US taxpayers have long been required to report worldwide income, and the FBAR filing requirements have been around since the 1970s.  ...more

Portal for BVI FATCA Reporting Launched

The British Virgin Islands International Tax Authority (ITA) has launched its BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFARS). The portal was opened yesterday and is ready to accept enrolment applications from BVI Reporting...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

FATCA: Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Non-U.S. Financial Institutions

During the multi-year build-up to FATCA, the primary focus was on entity classification and registration, and less attention was paid to the compliance obligations of U.S. and non-U.S. entities affected by FATCA. Withholding...more

DOJ Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement Under the Swiss Bank Program

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached the first non-prosecution agreement under the Swiss bank program with BSI, S.A. (BSI). BSI, one of Switzerland's ten largest banks, has agreed...more

Bitcoin and the Like: Tax Considerations

Virtual currency is a new, untested, and unregulated asset. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines “virtual currency” as a digital representation of value that functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and/or...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $23 Billion. The total revenue generated by the additional Medicare tax and the net investment income tax used to pay for the Affordable Care Act. The total exceeds the Joint Committee on Taxation’s 2010...more

Cayman issues User Guide to Automatic Exchange of Information Portal

As noted in an earlier update, the deadline for the registration of Cayman Islands Financial Institutions with the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority was recently extended to 30 April 2015. In anticipation of the...more

BVI issues updated FATCA Guidance Notes

The International Tax Authority (ITA) of the British Virgin Islands has recently announced the issue of Version 2.0 of the Guidance Notes on the International Tax Compliance Requirements of the Intergovernmental Agreements...more

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