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New W-9 (Rev. Dec 2011) Released

Over the past nine months, the IRS received multiple complaints about the recently released W-9 (Rev. Jan 2011). Criticism centered on the tax classification area, where the word, required, was added. This led filers to believe that the tax classification section was mandatory, where, in fact, it is not. Due to the high number of complaints, the IRS released a … Read More

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

QIs Have No Choice with Regard to FATCA

In last week’s EEI conference, it was announced that Qualified Intermediaries (QIs) will have no choice but to register to become a Participating Foreign Financial Institution (PFFI). This announcement came as quite a shock to some of the QIs that attended the Washington event, who assumed that they have the choice of becoming a non-participating … Read More

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Positive Future Changes for the W-8BEN

In last week’s EEI conference, Michael Danilack, Deputy Commissioner at the IRS, announced some positive changes for those having to collect and audit the W-8BEN. The term he used was “clearing the underbrush” which, in essence, means that the IRS is aware that they have been too strict on the validation rules of the W-8BEN in … Read More

Join Us at the Tax Information Reporting Forum

Join Us at the Tax Information Reporting Forum

Information Reporting (1099) is becoming more complicated and the risks relating to non-compliance or inaccurate reporting are high. The recent changes to FATCA, 1099 reporting, 1042 and 1042-S, foreign reporting and cost-basis reporting will affect your business, whether it’s a corporation, a bank, a trust department or a wealth management firm. Join us for a … Read More

Understanding FATCA – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

Understanding FATCA – Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on March 18, 2010. FATCA creates a new information reporting and withholding regime for payments made to certain Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and other foreign entities. FATCA is intended to increase transparency for the IRS with … Read More

IRS Updates List of Tax Treaties that Are Satisfactory for Purposes of the Qualified Dividend Rule

IRS Updates List of Tax Treaties that Are Satisfactory for Purposes of the Qualified Dividend Rule

When a domestic corporation or a qualified foreign corporation pays a dividend to an individual shareholder, the dividend is taxed at the reduced rates applicable to long term capital gains if the shareholder meets certain holding period requirements. Subject to certain exceptions, a qualified foreign corporation includes certain foreign corporations that are eligible for benefits of … Read More