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Partners and Details Firming around FATCA

Partners and Details Firming around FATCA

Foreign financial institutions and governments might initially have groaned when the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in March 2010, but it looks like at least some of them are starting to come around. In February, the U.S. Treasury announced it had partnered with five European nations — France, Germany, Italy, … Read More

New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

New Cost Basis Rules May Be Lost on Many

With taxpayers in the throes of planning their 2011 income tax returns, now’s a good time to remind filers not to overlook new cost basis reporting rules governing securities sales. In the past, they had the option of specifying which shares they sold when computing their cost basis. But as of 2011, taxpayers’ account custodians … Read More

FATCA Proposed Regulations Are Issued by IRS

FATCA Proposed Regulations Are Issued by IRS

The long-awaited proposed tax regulations for FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, were issued February 8 by the IRS.  An electronic copy is available at http://www.irs.gov/pub/newsroom/reg-121647-10.pdf .  FATCA imposes new disclosure obligations on foreign financial institutions that maintain U.S. accounts, and on certain non-financial foreign entities; and FATCA establishes new requirements to withhold … Read More

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Penalties for Failure to Comply with NRA Withholding and 1042-S Information Reporting: Part 2 – A Penalty for Late Deposit

The IRS prescribes when deposits of NRA withholding are required in IRS Publication 515, Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens and Foreign Entities. A payer who fails to make a required deposit of withheld taxes within the time prescribed is liable for a penalty on the underpayment (i.e., the excess of the … Read More

Penalties for Failure to Comply with NRA Withholding and 1042-S Information Reporting – Part 1

Penalties for Failure to Comply with NRA Withholding and 1042-S Information Reporting – Part 1

In August of 2010, the IRS announced “executing our international strategy is a top priority, and our work continues to intensify in this area.” Included in this strategy is a requirement for examiners to review withholding and reporting on payments to foreign individuals and entities during corporate audits. Other organizations should anticipate that the IRS will apply … Read More

Form 1042-S: IRS Alerts Payers to the Correct Use of Codes for Unknown Recipient and Unknown Country

Form 1042-S: IRS Alerts Payers to the Correct Use of Codes for Unknown Recipient and Unknown Country

A perennial problem in Form 1042-S reporting, noted by the IRS in the current edition of Publication 1187, is misreporting which results from the payer not making correct use of Unknown Recipient (recipient code 20) and Unknown Country (country code UC). UC is used as a country code only when you conclude you have paid an … Read More