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IRS Agrees to the Use of a Substitute W-8BEN for Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W

IRS Agrees to the Use of a Substitute W-8BEN for Internal Revenue Code Section 6050W

IRS Notice 2011-71 simplifies payee documentation rules for payments from an offshore payer settled to an offshore account and permits substitute forms in lieu of Form W-8BEN. Background of Section 6050W Section 6050W — added to the Code by the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-289) — requires annual information returns … Read More

Banks “Starting to Panic” over FATCA

Banks “Starting to Panic” over FATCA

Risk.net recently released an article stating that banks are now starting to panic over FATCA. According to the European Banking Federation (EBF) and the Institute of International Bankers (IIB), it has been estimated that large banks will have to spend in the region of $250 million each to contact clients and overhaul computer systems … Read More

FATCA Survey – Expected Cost Increases and Challenges

FATCA Survey – Expected Cost Increases and Challenges

Finance and tax executives in the banking industry expect compliance costs to increase significantly as a result of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and say they will face numerous challenges trying to comply with the legislation given its broad scope and expanded reporting and monitoring requirements, according to a survey from KPMG LLP. … Read More

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If You Use Per Diem Amounts for Travel Expense Payments, Note that Some Rules Are Changing

The IRS has announced the intention to discontinue authorizing the high-low method for substantiating expenses incurred for lodging, meals and incidentals while traveling away from home.  Announcement 2011-42 indicates that the IRS will no longer calculate and issue authorized per diem amounts for certain high-cost localities, to be used as the high-low alternative under the … Read More

The TAX GAP Act: Changes in 1099 Reporting May Be Considered by Congress

The TAX GAP Act: Changes in 1099 Reporting May Be Considered by Congress

There’s always something cooking in Congress that has the potential of affecting Form 1099 reporting, and lately we are keeping an eye on the TAX GAP Act (S. 1289).  Section 401 of the Act would require payers to backup withhold federal tax on several types of reportable payments if the IRS has not provided verification … Read More

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Understanding W-8BENs – A Foreign Perspective

W-8BENs have been around for just over 10 years and it has taken the select few that currently use them years of cumbersome administration – and some painful audit procedures – to truly understand how they need to be completed correctly. Now that we’ve finally grasped them, we are soon to be faced with not just one … Read More