Jan 29, 2013

Final FATCA Regulations Issued in Fight Against Offshore Tax Evasion

Alert | Tax Alert

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations for their global reporting demands under the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Enacted by Congress in 2010, FATCA was created to target non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers using foreign accounts as a means of tax evasion. It requires foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to report to the IRS information about accounts held by U.S. taxpayers or by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. Americans with $50,000 or more of assets held by a foreign institution are targeted.

Under FATCA, a participating FFI will need to enter into an agreement with the IRS to identify U.S. accounts, report information to the IRS regarding U.S. accounts, and withhold a 30 percent tax on certain U.S.-connected payments to non-participating FFIs and account holders who are unwilling to provide the required information. The finalized regulations outline the step-by-step process for U.S. account identification, reporting and withholding requirements.

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Please contact any of the following Roetzel attorneys for further information:

Joshua D. Borean
614.723.2119 | jborean@ralaw.com

Steve St. L. Cox
330.849.6714 | scox@ralaw.com

Alan H. Daniels
407.245.2426 | adaniels@ralaw.com

Timothy J. Emmitt
312.580.1240 | temmitt@ralaw.com

Erika L. Haupt
614.723.2037 | ehaupt@ralaw.com

Edward C. Hertenstein
614.723.2066 | ehertenstein@ralaw.com

G. Carson McEachern
239.649.2713 | cmceachern@ralaw.com

William R. O'Neill
239.649.2722 | woneill@ralaw.com

Joseph D. Zaks
239.649.2720 | jzaks@ralaw.com

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