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Understanding FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act)

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) imposes an additional 30% withholding tax on certain U.S. source payments made to “foreign financial institutions” (“FFIs”) and “non-financial foreign entities” (“NFFEs”) that refuse to disclose information to the IRS about U.S. investors, even if those investors hold only non-U.S. assets. Due diligence requirements for identifying new and pre-existing U.S. accounts will begin during 2013, whereas reporting requirements will not begin until 2014.

FATCA is outlined in the following IRS Notices:

  • Notice 2010-60 (Aug 2010) – Withholdable payments to foreign financial institutions – Preliminary guidance for public comment
  • Notice 2011-34 (April 2011) – Updating and revising earlier guidance
  •  Notice 2011-53 (July 2011) – FATCA transition relief granted through phased-in approach.

The IRS also outlined the following timeline for future guidance in Notice 2011-53:

  • §  Proposed regulations by Dec 31, 2011
  • §  Final regulations mid-year 2012
  • §  Final versions of FFI Agreements and reporting forms mid-year 2012