Announcement Provides Extra Time to Sign IGA


Announcement 2014-38  provides guidance with respect to jurisdictions that are treated as if they had a FATCA intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in effect pursuant to Announcement 2014-17, 2014-18 I.R.B. 1001, but that do not sign the IGA before December 31, 2014. Announcement 2014-38 provides that a jurisdiction that is treated as if it had an IGA […]


Updates to the FATCA FFI List Search & Download Tool System

On November 3, 2014 the IRS announced updates to the FATCA FFI List Search & Download Tool System. The “FI Name” field can now accommodate up to 150 characters (formerly, 40 characters) and new special characters (brackets, curly brackets, and parentheses). The IRS previously posted the below update to the FATCA Registration System FAQ, requiring […]


Instructions for the Requestor of Forms W-8

On November 3, 2014 the IRS posted updated and supplemental guidance for the Instructions for Form W-8BEN-E and Instructions for the Requester of Forms W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI, W-8EXP, and W-8IMY. These updates provide corrections and additions to the instructions released in June 2014 and July 2014, respectively, and should be relied on until they are […]


Updates on Forms 1099

On October 29, 2014 the IRS issued new versions of Forms 1099-DIV, 1099-INT, and 1099-OID and accompanying instructions for the 2015 taxable year, available on the IRS Product Page and attached herein. The Forms 1099 have been updated to allow an FFI to satisfy its Chapter 4 requirement to report U.S. accounts that it maintains […]


HK and U.S. Sign IGA

On November 13, Hong Kong and the U.S. signed a Model 2 IGA. The HK FSTB also issued a press release regarding the IGA.

IRS Issues New FAQ


On October 27, 2014 the IRS posted a new FAQ outlining the method of locating a branch on the FFI list using the branch’s GIIN, as set forth below.   Branch/Disregarded Entity Questions Question: How can a withholding agent find the name and Global Intermediary Identification Number (“GIIN”) of a branch on the FFI list?  […]

Ninety-three Countries to Implement CRS


On October 29, 2014, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) distributed a press release announcing the endorsement by all OECD and G20 countries as well as major financial centers participating in the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (“Global Forum”) of the standard on automatic exchange of information […]

IRS Releases FAQs on the Validity of Non-U.S. Approved Self-Certifications


As previously noted, the validity of non-U.S. approved self-certifications may be called into question because of language included in certain portions of the Intergovernmental Agreement (“IGA”) stating that the Foreign Financial Institution (“FFI”) may use a Form W-8/W-9 “or other similar agreed form” to document an account holder. The IRS has updated the FATCA General Frequently […]

Lithuania signs Model 1 IGA


On August 26, Lithuania signed a Model 1 IGA with the U.S. The agreement is available here.

FATCA Registration System Updates


The following changes were made to the FATCA Registration System on October 6, 2014.  For more detailed information, refer to “What’s New” section in the updated FATCA Registration Online User Guide. New and Updated Features Updates to FI Legal Name Fields (Questions 2, 12, 13 and 15 of the Registration) Expanded length of FI legal name […]

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