Strengthening Procedures Against Tax Evasion

by Henry Christensen III * The events involving Union Bank of Switzerland ("UBS") have resulted in federal criminal prosecutions, a deferred prosecution agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and UBS and a separate global settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Swiss...

Political Pushback on FATCA

By Prof. William H. Byrnes IV and Dr. Robert J. Munro * ...The Joint Statement between the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom regarding an intergovernmental approach to improving international tax compliance and implementing FATCA laid the foundation for the U.S. commitment...

FATCA - FI Account Remediation

by Prof. William H. Byrnes IV and Dr. Robert J. Munro * Editor's Note: The following excerpts are from Chapter 4 of the forthcoming 2014 edition of LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance by William Byrnes and Robert Munro, scheduled for publication in March 2014. Chapter 4 contributors: Jason...

FATCA in Canada: Constitutional Challenge Mounting

A group of Canadians has put together a campaign to explore the constitutional violations posed by FATCA in Canada. Some of these issues were raised by pre-eminent constitutional scholar Peter Hogg, in this letter to Finance . Others arise because of the adoption of the intergovernmental agreement (IGA...

FATCA Compliance Programs

By Prof. William H. Byrnes and Dr. Robert J. Munro * Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the 2014 edition of LexisNexis Guide to LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance by William Byrnes and Robert Munro, published February 2014. Chapter 2 contributors: Jeffrey Locke...

Analysis of New 2014 Form W-8IMY and W8-BEN-E

On April 30, 2014 the IRS released the new Form W-8IMY (“ Form W-8IMY ”), formally replacing its 2006 predecessor W-8IMY. This new Form W-8IMY has 28 parts, whereas the previous August 2013 FATCA draft W-8IMY only contained 26. The new 2014 Form W-8IMY is vastly different from the seven-part...

Treasury Notice 2014-33

Treasury released Notice 2014-33 on May 2. Notice 2014-33 provides aspects of temporary relief for five areas of FATCA compliance: 1. 6 month extension (from July 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014) for characterizing as “pre-existing” the obligations (including accounts) held by an entity;...

Virtual Currency Regulatory Developments

By Prof. William H. Byrnes IV and Dr. Robert J. Munro * Editor's Note : The following is an excerpt from the e-book only title Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture, and Recovery and Compliance - A Global Guide , by William Byrnes and Robert Munro. Chapter contributors : Emmanuel Rayes is a May 2014...