February 9, 2012

Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Regulations for FATCA Implementation

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Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Regulations for FATCA Implementation Tax & Business

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued proposed regulations for the next major phase of implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Enacted by Congress in 2010, the law targets non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers using foreign accounts.

The regulations lay out a step-by-step process for U.S. account identification, information reporting, and withholding requirements for foreign financial institutions (FFIs), other foreign entities, and U.S. withholding agents.

The proposed regulation implement FATCA’s obligations in stages to minimize burdens and costs consistent with achieving the statute’s compliance objectives. The rules and implementation schedule are also adjusted to allow time for resolving local law limitations to which some FFIs may be subject.

In order to avoid being withheld upon under FATCA, a participating FFI will have to enter into an agreement with the IRS to:

  • Identify U.S. accounts,
  • Report certain information to the IRS regarding U.S. accounts,
  • Verify its compliance with its obligations pursuant to the agreement, and
  • Ensure that a 30-percent tax on certain payments of U.S. source income is withheld when paid to non-participating FFIs and account holders who are unwilling to provide the required information.

Registration will take place through an online system which will become available by January 1, 2013. FFIs that do not register and enter into an agreement with the IRS will be subject to withholding on certain types of payments relating to U.S. investments.

If you have any questions, please contact your Marcum tax professional.