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Definition Added to FATCA Requirements Landscape

Proposed Regs Revise FATCA's Due Diligence Procedures: Pre-existing Individual Accounts and Electronic Searches The much-anticipated proposed regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) have been issued by the Treasury, and among the lengthy provisions is significant guidance...

Reporting and Withholding Guidance: Payments to FFIs Under FATCA

Editor's Note : This narrative is derived from Tax Controversies: Audits, Investigations, Trials § 17.04 (Matthew Bender) by Robert S. Fink, J.D., LL.M., Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, New York, N.Y. ... The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, enacted in March 2010 and codified at...

Reporting Obligations of U.S. Beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts and New Form 8938

In 2010, Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act ("the HIRE Act"), and the legislation amended the Internal Revenue Code with the goal of increasing foreign account tax reporting and compliance. [The Hiring Incentives...

U.K., U.S. Agree on Compliance, Information Reporting, Withholding Provisions (FATCA)

According to Treasury Department News Release TDNR TG-1711 (September 14, 2012), the United Kingdom and the United States have entered into an agreement to implement the information reporting and withholding tax provisions known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (enacted as part of the...

IGA Flurry Shows U.S. Is Locking Down on FATCA

A recent flurry of signed IGAs and press releases on ongoing negotiations suggests the US is acting tremendously quickly and even brazenly on FATCA. Almost as if they are trying to get this all nailed down before anyone outside the US government has time to study it and think it through. This is absurd...

Reporting Specified Financial Assets and Form 8938

U.S. taxpayers with assets overseas and their advisers should be mindful of new Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets , as they prepare the taxpayers' federal income tax returns for 2011. Temporary Regulations issued in December 2011 state that, with certain exceptions, Form...

U.K., U.S. Agree on Compliance, Information Reporting, Withholding Provisions (FATCA)

According to Treasury Department News Release TDNR TG-1711 (September 14, 2012), the United Kingdom and the United States have entered into an agreement to implement the information reporting and withholding tax provisions known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (enacted as part of the...

Reporting Obligations of U.S. Beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts and New Form 8938

In 2010, Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act ("the HIRE Act"), and the legislation amended the Internal Revenue Code with the goal of increasing foreign account tax reporting and compliance. [The Hiring Incentives...

FATCA Imposes Burdens on NFFEs

by Lawrence A. Kogan* The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010 (FATCA) and its regs impose certain information gathering, reporting and withholding requirements on nonfinancial foreign entities (NFEEs) operated by U.S. taxpayers overseas. In part, FATCA is intended to address difficulties that...

FATCA Imposes Burdens on NFFEs

by Lawrence A. Kogan* The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010 (FATCA) and its regs impose certain information gathering, reporting and withholding requirements on nonfinancial foreign entities (NFEEs) operated by U.S. taxpayers overseas. In part, FATCA is intended to address difficulties that...

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...

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...

FATCA Taxpayer Account Information Exchange Begins

The IRS has announced that the exchange of financial account information under FATCA has begun, meeting the September 30 date set by the Service. (See the FATCA timeline on the IRS website for important dates at http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Summary-of-FATCA-Timelines ). As noted in the...