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Subscribe to the FATCA News and Information List

Subscribe to the FATCA News and Information List

If you need to keep informed on news relating to foreign account compliance, the IRS is offering assistance in keeping current with FATCA reporting issues. You can now subscribe to their new “FATCA News and Information List.” By doing so, the IRS claims that you will receive their latest news, guidance, regulations and other public information … Read More

FATCA Conference in New York Highlights Industry Concerns

FATCA Conference in New York Highlights Industry Concerns

At the EEI 24th Annual Forum on International Tax Withholding and Information Reporting in New York on June 5-6, members of the U.S. and foreign financial industries met with key representatives of the IRS to explore the latest on FATCA regulations and implementation. Requirements from the USFI perspective were examined along with those from the FFI … Read More

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

Paying Foreign Employees Part 5: Working Abroad

Paying Foreign Employees Part 5: Working Abroad

Whether the U.S. rules for withholding and reporting on income even apply to compensation paid to foreign employees working abroad depends on the residency status of the employee. U.S. citizens and green-card holders who work abroad for U.S. companies remain subject to U.S. payroll taxes and Form W-2 income reporting. Substantially present residents remain subject … 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