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Deadlines Coming for Multinationals’ Retirement Plans and U.S. Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Interests

In 2010, the U.S. enacted a sweeping change in enforcement of its tax laws on foreign financial interests, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The main thrust of the act is to penalize foreign financial...more

Initial FATCA Registration/Withholding Dates Draw Near

Foreign financial institutions, such as offshore funds, should register with the IRS by May 5 and review new and revised IRS forms. The July 1 start date for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) withholding on...more

IRS Offers FATCA Relief, Extending Registration Deadline and Expanding Intergovernmental Agreement List

On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2014-17 (the Announcement), which provides certain FATCA relief. The Announcement extends from April 25, 2014 to May 5, 2014 the deadline by which...more

IRS Extends FATCA Registration Deadline to May 5, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: - Foreign financial institutions must perform due diligence to identify their U.S.-owned accounts and report them to the IRS, as well as act as a withholding agent for payments to other foreign entities....more

New FATCA Regulations Address Certain Concerns of the Insurance Industry

On February 20, Treasury and the IRS issued new final and temporary Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations. In brief, the new FATCA regulations provide positive changes with respect to several issues raised...more

FATCA: With Deadlines Looming, the Time to Act is Now

On July 1, 2014, FATCA will go into effect. As a consequence, foreign entities that receive payments or allocations of certain U.S.-source income generally will be subject to a new 30 percent U.S. withholding tax on such...more

U.S. Signs Four More FATCA IGA’s

On February 5, 2014, the Treasury Department announced that it had recently concluded FATCA IGA’s with Canada, Hungary, Italy, and Mauritius. All four agreements were reciprocal Model 1 agreements. In other words, FFI’s in...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, No. 4 - January 2014

In This Issue: FATCA Developments: Treasury Signs IGAs; IRS Finalizes FFI Agreement; IRS Releases Final and New Proposed “Dividend Equivalent” Regs; IRS Issues Final Swap Assignment Regs; IRS Issues Final “Net...more

Tax Law Blog: The Impact of FATCA

The U.S. government loses an estimated $150 billion in revenue each year from offshore tax shelters. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which became law in March 2010, is designed to prevent tax evasion by U.S....more

IRS releases long-awaited draft FFI Agreement and previews updates to FATCA regulations

The IRS has released Notice 2013-69, including a draft FFI Agreement and several intended updates to the existing Treasury Regulations implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). ...more

Have Free-Trade Accords in Latin America and the Caribbean Aided Financial Companies?

Chile and Canada updated their 16-year-old free-trade accord last month, agreeing to changes that will provide financial services companies in the two countries with improved access to each other's markets. Q:How...more

FATCA Compliance Guidance Issued for Foreign Financial Institutions

The IRS has issued Notice 2013-69, which provides guidance to foreign financial institutions (FFIs) entering into a FATCA compliance agreement with IRS. The 50-page Notice also provides guidance to FFIs and their...more

Politics and Consequences: An Update on U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

Since Hassan Rouhani’s election to the Iranian presidency, some U.S. leaders have expressed interest in diplomatic talks with Iran. It is currently unclear whether any such talks will ever occur, or on what terms. In the...more

Denis Kleinfeld: FATCA – Predictions of Implementation Failure Proving True

Denis Kleinfeld, Of Counsel to Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, is one of the nation”s most prolific writers in the field of International Tax Planning, and in recent years has focused his attention on the Foreign Account Tax...more

FATCA Update: IRS Introduces FATCA Registration Portal While Foreign Financial Institutions and U.S. Expatriates Push Back

On August 19, 2013 the Internal Revenue Service officially introduced its new registration portal (available here) to assist Foreign Financial Institutions (“FFI”) as they attempt to comply with the Foreign Account Tax...more

IRS Extends Implementation of Certain FATCA Provisions, Eliminates 2013 Reporting

On July 12, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-43, which extended the implementation of certain provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by six months and eliminated reporting on...more

Treasury Delays FATCA Deadlines by Six Months

On July 12, the Treasury Department issued Notice 2013-43, which provides a revised timeline for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA withholding and reporting requirements will be delayed six months...more

Treasury and IRS Extend FATCA Deadlines

Notice 2013-43 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13-43.pdf), released on July 12, 2013, announces the Internal Revenue Service's (the "IRS") and the Department of the Treasury's intent to amend final Treasury regulations...more

FATCA Compliance Update: U.S. Treasury Announces Six Month Delay In Implementing FATCA

On July 12, 2013, the U.S. Treasury announced that due to overwhelming concern from countries around the world, the implementation of FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) would be deferred from January 1, 2014 to...more

FATCA Implementation Further Delayed Until July 1, 2014, FFIs Should Finalize Registrations by April 25, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2013-43 (available here), which delays by six months certain of the timelines during which withholding agents and foreign financial institutions (FFIs) will be required to...more

Treasury Delays Implementation of Certain Aspects of FATCA for Six Months

On July 12, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released an advance copy of Notice 2013-43 (the “Notice”), which extends the timeline for the implementation of withholding, registration and due diligence...more

FATCA Timeline and Registration Delayed

On July 12, 2013, the IRS issued new guidance regarding FATCA, the new U.S. tax regime designed to combat offshore tax evasion by U.S. taxpayers. In particular, the IRS (1) revised certain elements of the timeline for FATCA...more

Timeline for Initial FATCA Implementation Extended

The Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) announced on July 12, 2013 a general six-month extension to the timeline for initial implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

Extension of FATCA Withholding Start Date and Grandfathering End Date

On July 12, Treasury and the IRS announced that they intend to amend final Treasury regulations implementing the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to provide for a six-month extension to the start of FATCA...more

Revised Timeline for Implementing FATCA

Sections 1471 through 1474 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“FATCA”) generally impose a 30% withholding tax on certain payments to a foreign financial institution (“FFI”) unless the FFI has entered into an agreement with...more

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