IRS unveils FATCA Model 2 IGA reporting deadline extensions for financial institutions

Days after the IRS announced it was pushing back "Tax Day" for Homeland Americans to July 15, from its long-established date of April 15, to accommodate issues resulting from the current coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. tax collecting agency today began to address at least one of the major deadline concerns of those who have non-U.S.-resident American accounts to report: specifically, certain deadlines that have to do with FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). 

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OPINION: FATCA at 10: Teenager-in-waiting

FATCA at 10 shares certain characteristics with a human 10-year-old, according to Ross McGill, one of the most knowledgeable experts on the controversial U.S. tax compliance law that was signed into law ten years ago today. Here, McGill, the founder and chairman of Hampshire, England-based tax and regulatory specialists TConsult, and author of ten books on regulatory compliance, technology management, anti-tax evasion frameworks and withholding tax, considers the rather unpopular ten-year-old who was born a decade ago today in a rose garden, somewhere in Washington, DC.... 

U.S. Treasury belatedly reveals 'regulatory reform' talks with EU

The U.S. Treasury this week revealed that it had met last Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington with representatives from a number of EU organizations, including the European Commission, European Banking Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority, "to exchange views on financial regulatory developments". It said the meetings had taken place as part of ongoing regulatory discussions between the Treasury and the EU entities.

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FATCA pushback erupts for first time in Middle East

The frustration and anger that American expats living mainly in Canada and certain countries in Europe have been expressing ever since the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act was signed into law in 2010 is emerging for the first time in the Middle East, an article published today by one of the region's better-known media organizations has revealed. 

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FATCA at Ten: March 18, 2020

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act into law.  Surprising as it might now seem to some, the fact went virtually unnoticed by the world's media, as the legislation was buried deep inside a domestic jobs bill known as The HIRE Act.

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2020 Election: Where the candidates stand on the key expat financial, tax, citizenship issues

With the New Hampshire Democratic Primary set for next Tuesday, and, as reported, the Democrats Abroad's Global Presidential Primary scheduled for March 3 to 10, expats are increasingly desperate to know where the candidates stand on such key issues as FATCA, citizenship-based taxation and President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

None of the candidates thus far, however, has shown quite the same level of enthusiasm for going on the record in detail with respect to their positions on such topics...

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EU revives issue of FATCA information exchange as year-end deadline for banks approaches

With less than two weeks until the end of the year – at which point banks and other financial institutions outside the U.S. have been told that they must supply so-called Tax Information Numbers of all their American clients, or potentially be in breach of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – the European Union has formally urged the U.S. Treasury to urgently address "the problems faced by residents, financial institutions and governments of the EU Member States in relation to FATCA". 

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Growing FATCA, CRS scrutiny on wealth ownership, transfers between Israel, U.S. and LatAm: Report

Growing global enforcement of two major anti-tax-evasion regulations – America's Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, and the OECD's almost-identical Common Reporting Standard – has begun to impact financial institutions and their clients in Mexico and LatAm generally who also have ties to Israel and, in some cases, the U.S., the Jerusalem Post newspaper  has reported. 

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IRS to non-U.S. banks: 'You don't need to close accounts of Americans whose TINs you don't have after all'

Under pressure from European banks in particular, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued clarification with respect to a FATCA requirement that "foreign financial institutions" be obliged to provide the so-called Tax Information Numbers of their American clients from January, 2020 onward, which tax experts say means that banks now won't have to close the accounts of their TIN-lacking "accidental American" clients at the end of this year.

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Karen Alpert: Unforeseen consequences expected as 'Recovery Rebate' is distributed to expats

Karen Alpert: Unforeseen consequences expected as 'Recovery Rebate' is distributed to expats

There has already been much speculation by media organizations, American expat groups and cross-border U.S. tax specialists about how the US$2trn federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act, signed...

Apr-01-2020