Would Some One Explain What Is FATCA? Why Was It Introduced? What Impact Does It Have On A United States Citizen Living Abroad?
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Answer - 2:FATCA is legislation that was passed in the United States in 2010. FATCA is intended to prevent U.S. persons from evading U.S. federal income tax using financial accounts held outside of the United States. Although FATCA requires current reporting by U.S. persons, when FATCA is fully implemented, it will require non-U.S. financial institutions to enter into agreements with the IRS to report relevant information to the IRS regarding financial accounts held by identified U.S. persons. If a non-U.S. financial institution does not enter into an agreement with the IRS, the IRS will impose a 30% withholding tax on U.S. source payments (and potentially certain non-U.S. source payments no earlier than 2017) paid to the financial institution or their clients.
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