Category: IGA

Accidental Americans’ sue France over FATCA disclosure rules

A group representing French-American taxpayers  has filed a complaint against France with the European Commission over its compliance with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), in a bid to avoid being blacklisted by French banks starting in January. France is a signatory to an agreement to give the… – Continue reading

US IRS begins FATCA crackdown

After years of deliberation and debate spanning two administrations, the Tax Information Exchange (United States of America) Bill, 2016, also known as the Foreign Account Taxpayer Compliance (FATCA) Bill was passed in the Senate on March 7, 2017. This following its unanimous passage in the House of Representatives, two weeks… – Continue reading

India notifies pact with US to check tax evasion by MNCs

As per the agreement, it is intended to provide relevant and reliable information to perform an efficient and robust transfer pricing risk assessment analysis. Aimed at providing relief to subsidiaries of US multinationals and ensuring a check on cross-border tax evasion, India has notified the inter-governmental agreement with the United… – Continue reading

ASEAN taxation cooperation via automatic information exchange

IN 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025 was adopted as part of the ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together plan. This collaboration charts the broad trajectories of ASEAN economic integration from 2016 to 2025. It aims to strengthen and reinforce by 2025 these five AEC characteristics: 1. A highly… – Continue reading

IRS spent $380M on FATCA, but still can’t enforce it

The Internal Revenue Service spent nearly $380 million to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, but so far isn’t prepared to enforce the law, according to a new report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, examined the IRS’s efforts to implement FATCA, which was included… – Continue reading

Enforcing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in the Philippines

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) is a US legislation that is part of the 2010 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, and forming part of four new sections incorporated into the US Internal Revenue Code. It is a law designed to improve offshore US tax collection by… – Continue reading

Kazakhstan Signs FATCA Agreement with US

Kazakhstan and the United States have signed a Model 1 FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), which will enable the automatic exchange of financial information on each country’s resident taxpayers to support tax enforcement efforts. The agreement was signed in Astana on September 11, 2017. Kazakh Minister of Finance Bakhyt Sultanov emphasized… – Continue reading

US, Turkmenistan ink deal to implement FATCA provisions

US Ambassador Allan Mustard and Turkmenistan’s Minister of Finance Gochmyrat Myradov signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to implement the provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), said the US Embassy in Ashgabat. The agreement underscores growing international cooperation to curb offshore tax evasion and marks a step forward… – Continue reading

Montenegro and United States sign an Intergovernmental Agreement to implement FATCA provisions

Montenegro has shown its commitment to improving compliance with international tax standards. The FATCA Agreement is yet another example of a set of steps taken towards broadening the cooperation between the US and Montenegro and following the international standards of cross-border tax assistance. The US Ambassador, Margaret Ann Uyehara and… – Continue reading

Deal that sends Canadian bank records to IRS is ‘illegal,’ lawyer tells U.S. committee

Witnesses call for repeal of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act An agreement that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Canadian banking records being sent to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service could violate the U.S. constitution, a congressional subcommittee heard Wednesday. Testifying before a subcommittee of the House Committee on… – Continue reading

FATCA repeal on agenda of US Republicans

Washington’s Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act, known as FATCA, will be assailed afresh as lawyers and lobbyists renew efforts to repeal the law as part of President Donald Trump’s tax reform. Washington-based Jim Jatras, a Republican and co-leader of the Campaign to Repeal FATCA, says “lots is happening,” and his… – Continue reading

Ukraine and USA signs treaty on FATCA

On 7 February 2017, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine and the US Ambassador to Ukraine signed a treaty on Ukraine’s performance of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) (the Treaty). According to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the Treaty is based on the Model 1B Intergovernmental… – Continue reading

Caribbean Association Of Banks Urges Compliance With FATCA

The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has expressed concern about the number of countries in the region which have not yet put in place inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) with the United States on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). It said it was therefore renewing the call for Caribbean countries… – Continue reading

Greece, US Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

On January 19, Greece and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to facilitate compliance with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by financial institutions (FIs) in Greece. FATCA is intended to ensure that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) obtains information on financial accounts held at… – Continue reading

Vizor Software’s Solution for FATCA & AEOI Selected by Government of Kuwait

Ministry of Finance – State of Kuwait recently “went live” with the Vizor Software for FATCA & AEOI solution to meet its FATCA obligations under the terms of its Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the United States of America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Today, Vizor Ltd. announced the Kuwaiti Ministry of… – Continue reading

Planning for the Use of the United States as a Financial Haven: Part One

The United States has not agreed to participate in the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), relying instead on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regime enacted in 2010 and initiated in 2014. United States participation in CRS is highly unlikely. Even with a change in control of Congress, CRS may… – Continue reading

Imbert signs agreement to share tax info with US

Finance Minister Colm Imbert and US Ambassador John Estrada yesterday signed an agreement that will pave the way for the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) enacted in the United States of America in 2010. Imbert signed on behalf of T&T, while Ambassador signed on behalf of… – Continue reading


AN Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Barbados and the United States will allow for greater co-operation under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This is according to Julia Tonkovich, of the United States Treasury Department. Ms. Tonkovich stated that FATCA, which was in place since 2010, is part of the… – Continue reading

U.S. tax hunt overseas causes global headaches

There is little that can be done about FATCA and the change has to come from within the U.S. Death and taxes, life’s two certainties according to Keynes, sometimes have a causal relationship. One dies and some taxes are often associated with that event. Alternatively, one encounters so much regulation… – Continue reading

Assets agreement with US not quite ‘reciprocal’

Government most likely not to access bank data of Argentines in States despite deal As the whitewash bill is set to be approved this week, the government seeks to sign an assets deal with the United States to have access to data of the bank accounts of Argentines in the… – Continue reading

Monitor offshore investments, IMF tells Mauritius

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has askedMauritius to set up a ‘macro-prudential authority’ to monitor the offshore investments from the island. One of the largest destinations of such offshore investments is the Indian stock market. The proposed authority will have a central role for the banking regulator, the Bank of… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands: Getting Up To Date On FATCA – A Recap And Update

What is FATCA? FATCA refers to US legislation more fully known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and includes the US Treasury regulations implementing it. It was enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (otherwise known as the, “HIRE Act”) on 18 March… – Continue reading


There is no doubt that Cayman Islands remain the favorite domicile for alternative investment funds globally. Cayman is a full service jurisdiction complying with all international standards, but it’s also business-friendly, with a lot of demand to have all relevant industry services located there: 184 banks, 149 trust companies, 108… – Continue reading

Minister Brantley Highlights Implications of FATCA on the Federation

Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 21, 2016 (SKNIS): The Honourable Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, said that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is demonstrative of the Federal Government’s seriousness in playing its role in an ever-changing global environment. He made these comments during an appearance on… – Continue reading

Hong Kong: Business Compliance Changes At A Glance

According to the World Bank’s ‘Doing Business 2016 Report’, Hong Kong continues to be one of the world’s easiest places to do business, and tops the ranks in Asia Pacific for starting one. To sustain its economic growth and competitiveness, the Hong Kong government underwent three key changes in 2015:… – Continue reading

United States: Global Tax Enforcement in 2016: What You Need To Know

The investigation and prosecution of tax evasion has, in the last decade, grown from a specialized subcategory of law enforcement into a first-tier policy concern for the global community. Starting with the U.S. government’s crackdown on Swiss bank UBS in 2008, there has been a steady drumbeat of news about… – Continue reading

Dispelling offshore myths

Although the British Virgin Islands is often seen as an offshore tax haven, a closer look shows such opinions may be overstated There is a stereotypical image of the so-called ‘tax haven’ for ‘shady people to put their money’. While it is true that BVI Finance enjoys warm, sunny weather… – Continue reading

Raising revenue off Caribbean backs

THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) recently enacted, as part of its budget, provisions that force entities doing business in any of 39 arbitrarily designated “tax havens” to report their income on worldwide combined reporting. Eighteen are Caribbean jurisdictions. A tax haven is defined by the DC code… – Continue reading

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS) updated

An Inter-Governmental Agreement between India and USA was signed for implementation of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The Government of India has also joined the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) for Automatic Exchange of Information as per Common Reporting Standard (CRS). For implementation of FATCA and CRS, necessary legislative… – Continue reading

(FATCA) Competent Authority Arrangement between the Netherlands and the U.S. published

On December 30, 2015 on the website of the Dutch Staatscourant the text of the Competent Authority Arrangement between the Competent Authorities of the United States of America and the Kingdom of theNetherlands was published. The Competent Authority Arrangement between the Competent Authorities of theUnited States of America and the… – Continue reading

Ireland: OECD Common Reporting Standard Implementation In Ireland – Implications For Irish Investment Funds And SPVs

On 18 December 2015, the Regulations implementing the OECD Common Reporting Standard (“CRS“) in Ireland were approved by the Irish Parliament. This update follows on from previous updates published by Maples and Calder Dublin on CRS and US FATCA and outlines the practical next steps for Irish investment funds and… – Continue reading

Cayman Islands: CRS Update: Self-Certification Forms

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (TIA), on December 8, 2015 provided the following implementation updates for the Common Reporting Standard (CRS): 1. Updated Self-Certification Forms ( Individual and Entity) for compliance with CRS, U.S. and U.K. FATCA, which should be used by Cayman Islands funds. From January 1 onwards,… – Continue reading

SARS Explains 2015 Tax Administration Amendments

On December 17, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued an explanatory memorandum on the 2015 Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB). In particular, the memorandum looks at the TALAB provisions giving effect to the collection of information from South African financial institutions (FIs), and the associated obligation on the… – Continue reading

Central Bank programme of themed inspections in Markets Supervision

The Markets Supervision Directorate of the Central Bank published its programme of themed-inspections for 2016. These inspections reflect a number of supervisory priorities for 2016 and anticipate areas of emerging risk. This programme builds on the successful supervisory work undertaken in 2015 in the areas of Cyber Security, Operational Risk… – Continue reading

Russian business shifts upmarket

It has been a tough year for Russian businesses. The latest monthly forecast of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts a contraction in Russian real GDP of 3.8% in 2015 and another 0.5% in 2016. “Structural weaknesses will keep trend GDP growth below 2% a year in the medium term,”… – Continue reading

Worldwide: Global FATCA: Let’s Do It Again

Fifty-three jurisdictions have agreed to automatic exchange of tax information beginning in 2017, under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard. Over 40 others have committed to exchange information by 2018. Another wave of global tax information is about to take place, and financial institutions everywhere are in a race to prepare… – Continue reading

The end of financial privacy?

Over 90 jurisdictions have committed to the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS), creating comprehensive global automatic information exchange for financial assets and the entities through which such assets may be held. Over 70 jurisdictions have signed the OECD’s Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement, which implements the CRS. The CRS is scheduled… – Continue reading

Ireland: Common Reporting Standard (CRS) Update

The common reporting standard framework was first released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the “OECD”) in February 2014 as a result of significant political will demonstrated by the G20 members to endorse a global model of automatic exchange of information and increase international tax transparency. On 21… – Continue reading