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Worldwide Exchange of Tax Information: OECD Expands upon FATCA to Add New Requirements

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has focused worldwide attention on U.S. efforts to create a mandatory cross-border exchange of tax information, the enactment of FATCA was not an isolated occurrence. For...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Extends Time for Jurisdictions with Agreed-in-Substance IGAs to be Treated as if They Had an IGA in Effect

On December 1, 2014, Treasury and the IRS issued Announcement 2014-38 which provides relief to those countries which have reached FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) in substance, but have not signed such agreements....more

Cyprus and US sign FATCA IGA

On 2 December 2014, the US and Cyprus governments signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). There are two types of IGAs known as "Model 1" and "Model 2". The...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

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

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

After All the Preparation, It’s Finally Here: FATCA Becomes Effective July 1, 2014

More than four years after Congress enacted the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-147, which added the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provisions to the Internal Revenue Code, FATCA...more

FATCA Update: Treasury and IRS Release Wave of Guidance as July 1 Approaches

With the July 1, 2014, implementation date of the Foreign Act Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) just two days away, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have published long-awaited, and much anticipated, guidance...more

China and U.S. Conclude FATCA IGA In Substance

On June 26, 2014, China and the United States agreed on a Model 1 FATCA IGA. The Treasury did not say whether the agreement would be reciprocal. The IGA comes just in time for the July 1 start of 30 percent withholding on...more

FATCA is Coming

At the end of May 2014, a bill was introduced to the Australian Federal Parliament to give effect to the United States' Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the intergovernmental agreement which was executed by...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

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

A nuisance called FATCA – Does the UK/US IGA make it bearable?

The introduction by the US of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act 2010 (FATCA) set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in the international loan financing markets by requiring foreign and domestic borrowers, lenders and...more

Final Regulations Implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”)

On January 17, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) implementing the reporting and withholding provisions of the HIRE Act (commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2013: FATCA: Next Steps for Asset Managers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final regulations (“Regulations”) on January 17, 2013 implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”).1...more

What You Need to Know About FATCA’s Impact on Non-U.S. Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which are effective immediately. FATCA imposes significant reporting obligations on both non-U.S....more

Highlights of Recently Released FATCA Regulations

On January 17, the Internal Revenue Service issued long-awaited final regulations (the Final Regulations) for implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (the Final Regulations are contained in T.D. 9610). For...more

FATCA: Final Regulations Raise Questions for Trust Practitioners

In the wake of a series of scandals involving U.S. taxpayers sheltering their assets from the reach of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on 18 March 2010...more

U.S. Tax Authorities Issue Final FATCA Regulations

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury Department) and U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final Treasury Regulations (Final Regulations) under the tax provisions commonly referred to as the...more

FATCA Regulations Finally Arrive: A First Look

On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department (“U.S. Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released long-awaited final regulations on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The final regulations...more

Understanding FATCA

In late October PE Manager brought together four industry professionals (Joan Arnold, Pepper Hamilton; Kristy Trieste, Corsair Capital; Lori Evans, Birch Hill Equity Partners; and Jay Bakst, EisnerAmper) who must all in their...more

U.S. Treasury/IRS Amend FATCA Rules And Extend Certain Deadlines

As we move toward the end of 2012, many non-U.S. financial institutions have been eager for information on how the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is going to be implemented. They are the entities which will have...more

U.S. Treasury Department Releases Model FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements

On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its first model intergovernmental agreement (IGA) implementing the information reporting and withholding tax provisions under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

Treasury Releases FATCA Intergovernmental Model Agreements

On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) released two model agreements that reflect the intergovernmental approach outlined in Treasury’s February joint statement with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the...more

U.S. Department of Treasury Publishes FATCA Intergovernmental Model Agreement

On July 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Treasury ("Treasury") published the intergovernmental model agreement for government-to-government information sharing ("model agreement") to implement the information reporting and...more

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