Internal Revenue Service Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

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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

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

IRS Issues Further Revisions to Form 8938 Instructions

As part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) passed by Congress in 2010, individual taxpayers are now required to report “specified foreign financial assets” on an information reporting form entitled Form 8938,...more

What Expats Need to Know Now about their Taxes, FATCA and the IRS

Are you an American abroad living in perpetual fear of the IRS? Do you wake up every morning wondering if today you’ll receive a formidable notice that the taxman cometh? You are not alone. ...more

Dealing with Erroneous FATCA Inquiries

A foreign bank asks our client to provide information that the bank is not required to provide IRS under FATCA. There are two possibilities. Our client can provide the information or our client can choose not to provide the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 3,415. The number of people who renounced their citizenship in 2014 according to IRS data. This is one of the five highest totals on record since the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance...more

"FATCA Finally Takes Effect, Subject to Transition Rules"

After several years of delays, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) finally took effect on July 1, 2014. Congress enacted FATCA as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act in 2010 to stop U.S....more

The World Wide Tax Web: FATCA Data Sharing Goes Online

The IRS has unveiled a secure web application, the International Data Exchange Service (IDES), for cross-border data sharing. IDES will allow Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and tax authorities from other countries to...more

When Do Non-U.S. Citizens Pay Income Tax And Report Foreign Financial Accounts?

In a series of Frequently Asked Questions releases December 31, 2014, The Congressional Research Service provides some guidance on when non-U.S. citizens may be subject to U.S. income taxes....more

FATCA Update: More Guidance, IGAs, Forms Announced by Treasury and IRS

1. The United States announced the signing of two more Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to implement FATCA. The latest IGAs were signed by the Netherlands and Curacao, and are dated December 18 and 16, respectively. Both...more

The Death Of Hidden Offshore Accounts

The future for offshore tax planning, also known as “aggressive tax planning” is likely to be limited to if not curtailed by the global exchange of information agreement signed in October, 2014 by 51 countries and growing....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

FATCA in Cayman: Deadline Approaches

The deadline for compliance with both US FATCA and UK FATCA fast approaches. Cayman entities which are classified as Financial Institutions are within the scope of FATCA. A typical Cayman fund will fall within the...more

FATCA — Final Deadline to Obtain a GIIN for Model 1 IGA FFIs

Under transitional relief, certain non-U.S. investment funds, including Cayman Islands funds, that qualify as foreign financial institutions (FFIs), have been permitted to certify their status under the U.S. Foreign Account...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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Financial Institutions and Products

Recent months have seen significant IRS and judicial developments affecting financial institutions and market participants, including new FATCA changes and proposed regulations on dividend equivalent payments under section...more

Beyond Switzerland: Preparing for the Fallout from FATCA and Other Global Transparency Initiatives

You have implemented FATCA; what comes next? Will your company be the next witness in a US tax investigation? Financial institutions around the world must now prepare to respond to anticipated inquiries and investigations as...more

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