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New FATCA Notice Released – Notice 2011-53

New FATCA Notice Released – Notice 2011-53

On July 17, 2011,  the IRS released a new notice, 2011-53, which provides a ‘workable timeline for FFIs and U.S. Withholding Agents to implement the various requirements of FATCA’. Specifically: • An FFI must enter an agreement with the IRS by June 30, 2013, to ensure that it will be identified as a participating FFI … Read More

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Revised Form 8809 (Application for Extension of Time to File Information Returns)

With the release of a new version of Form 8809 in May 2011,  the field to enter a TCC was removed since it is apparently not needed with extension filings for information returns. Noted with a caution in the on-form 8809 instructions is the statement, “if you are requesting an extension for more than one filer, you must … Read More

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Understanding the Difference between Documented and Undocumented

It is important to keep in mind that, as a general rule, all US source payments made to non-US residents are subject to 30% withholding. To apply a reduced (or zero) rate of withholding, the non-US person must provide valid documentation. If your securities account is with a Withholding Agent (a Qualified Intermediary, Non-Qualified Intermediary … Read More

Cost Basis Reporting Developments

Cost Basis Reporting Developments

Over the last few weeks, the IRS issued guidance regarding cost basis reporting requirements that go into effect during 2011 and 2012.  Below is a brief summary of the recent guidance and links to access the details. FAQs – In late April, the IRS issued a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) explaining rules for cost basis reporting … Read More

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Common W-8BEN Validation Issues

W-8BEN forms are notorious for being difficult to complete. Here are some of the most common errors found on the Form W-8BEN that, if present, may deem that client to be undocumented. Cross reference your documentation against these common errors to ensure documentation compliance. Name Mis-Match The name on line 1 of the W-8BEN needs … Read More