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Lawsuit in UK to challenge legality of British gov't's data-sharing under FATCA

An American who came to the UK 19 years ago, and who was stunned to receive a letter from her bank in 2016 informing her of her U.S. tax obligations and that her account data would be shared with the Internal Revenue Service – as required by the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – has retained London's Mishcon de Reya law firm to legally challenge what she claims is the mis-use of her personal data and a violation of her privacy. 

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U.S. government report acknowledges problems with FATCA reporting

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report released today reveals a range of issues with the 2010 law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which it noted also contributed to a "nearly 178%" increase in the rate of citizenship renunciations between 2011 and 2016.

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UK turns down U.S.-born Brit's FATCA FOI request, after Canada, Oz obliged their citizens

UK officials have twice turned down a Freedom of Information request filed by a U.S. born British citizen who was interested in knowing the “extent of…the annual disclosure of British taxpayer information to the US Internal Revenue Service, as per FATCA’s requirements" – even though similar requests to the Canadian and Australian governments were recently granted, The American Expat Financial News Journal has learned.

  • Tax

Return to UK for first-ever finance exec convicted under FATCA

Adrian Paul Baron, a United Kingdom national who was the first person anywhere to be convicted of violating the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the U.S., has been flown back to the UK, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has announced.

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Appeal predicted, as Canada FATCA trial ends, 'no matter who wins'

 As last week's trial over the constitutionality of the Canadian government's enforcement of America’s FATCA legislation ended on Friday, the Alliance for the Defence of Canadian Sovereignty (ADCS), which brought the case on behalf of two individual plaintiffs, said an appeal would ultimately follow, "no matter who wins."

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Long-awaited Canada FATCA trial kicks off on Monday, with 'live webcast'

A trial in which a group of Canadian/American citizens are seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the Canadian government's enforcement of America’s FATCA legislation is set to begin on Monday in a federal courthouse in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be broadcast live via a "webcast", according to sources involved in the lawsuit.

  • Tax

U.S. secures first FATCA conviction as extradited banker pleads guilty

United States prosecutors registered their first-ever successful prosecution under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, after the former chief executive  and chief business officer of a St Vincent and the Grenadines-based bank pleaded guilty to "conspiring to defraud the United States by failing to comply" with the legislation. 

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Podcast: Three experts scrutinize IRS's new 'Relief Procedures' for 'Certain Former Citizens'

Podcast: Three experts scrutinize IRS's new 'Relief Procedures' for 'Certain Former Citizens'

Much has been written and spoken about the Internal Revenue Service's new "Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens" regime since it was unveiled earlier this month – apparently to enable mostly "accidental...

Sep-20-2019