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New W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E Forms: Drafts Released by the IRS

New W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E Forms: Drafts Released by the IRS

Take a look at the future of Form W-8 documentation: the new draft Form W-8BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding (Individual), is on display at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/formw8benindividualexecirculation2.pdf, and a draft of the all-new Form W-8BEN-E, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding (Entities), is posted … Read More

FATCA Public Hearing: Requests for Postponement of Effective Dates but No Immediate IRS Response

FATCA Public Hearing: Requests for Postponement of Effective Dates but No Immediate IRS Response

The IRS public hearing on the proposed regulations for FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), REG-121647-10, was held on May 15, 2012. More than 20 speakers were on the agenda, and 199 comment letters received by the IRS were posted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=O%252BSR%252BPS;rpp=25;po=0;D=IRS-2012-0009 (or see http://www.regulations.gov/ for Docket ID IRS-2012-0009). FATCA law established a new Chapter … Read More

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