On September 30, 2015, we posted Judge Denies Injunctive Relief for FATCA Implementation!, where we discussed that an Ohio federal judge said that Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and others do not have standing in a challenge to the offshore financial account tax enforcement measures enacted in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and they were not likely to succeed on the merits in the case. The case is Crawford v. U.S. Dep’t of Treasury, S.D. Ohio, No. 3:15-cv-00250, 9/29/15.
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Over the past several, years, the U.S. government has signed intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with dozens of partner countries (83 altogether at latest count), which are designed to promote the implementation of the FATCA law requiring financial institutions (mainly banks and investment houses) outside the U.S. to report information on financial accounts held by their U.S. customers to the IRS.
Today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 is the deadline for Cayman Islands financial institutions to complete their notification and reporting of American clients’ accounts to the Cayman Tax Information Authority, under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has asked the G20 governments to approve its proposed three-step formula for deciding which international financial centers are to be blacklisted as non-cooperative.
Since their inception in 2009, the IRS tax amnesty programs have been fairly successful in encouraging delinquent taxpayers to come forward and disclose their offshore activities to the IRS. As the IRS receives more bank account information from foreign institutions however, it may begin to revisit amnesty applications to see whether the bank account info provides evidence that forgiven taxpayers did not in fact qualify for amnesty.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a bureau of the Treasury Department. Authorized under the Bank Secrecy Act, foreign bank account reporting, commonly referred to as “FBAR”, is electronically reported to the IRS via FinCen Form 114, separate and distinct from filing a U.S. income tax return.
In general, the QI agreement allows foreign persons to enter into an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to simplify their obligations as a withholding agent under FATCA chapters 3 and 4 and as a payer under chapter 61 and section 3406 for amounts paid to their account holders.
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, better known as FATCA, was enacted March 18, 2010 and requires filing IRS Form 8938. It is important to note that this foreign financial asset reporting requirement does not replace or otherwise affect a taxpayer’s obligation to file a FinCEN Form 114. Basically, if you are a US taxpayer holding foreign financial assets you must file IRS Form 8938 if you have an obligation to file IRS Form 1040 reporting income.
On August 28, 2013, we discussed the US putting pressure on Swiss Banks, acknowledging 2009 as the time when Switzerland’s biggest bank UBS agrees to turn over more than 4,450 client names and pay a $780 million fine after admitting to criminal wrongdoing in selling tax-evasion services to wealthy Americans.
Yesterday, we took a preliminary look at the new 2016 revised edition of W-8BEN-E. Below is the second part of the examination of this form since the 2016 revision more represents a technical correction release for the evolution of FATCA and its IGAs since 2014 than substantive changes.
We get all sorts of fascinating questions from established US taxpayers in addition to those experiencing internationalism for the first time. It seems, regardless of the degree of sophistication in US income tax filing obligations, most people are out to lunch when it comes to arcane acronyms and filing requirements.