Category: Forms

IRS Proposes New QI Agreement for Foreign Banks to Comply with FATCA

The Internal Revenue Service has released new guidance on how foreign financial institutions can enter into a Qualified Intermediary agreement with the U.S. under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA. Notice 2016-42, released earlier this month, outlines the proposed QI agreement, which revises and updates the current agreement...

Panama To Join Automatic Tax Info Exchange Deal

Panama announced on July 15, 2016, that it intends to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, said: “We very much welcome Panama’s request to join the Convention. Signing and ratifying the Convention will...

Panama Papers Point to Tax Evasion

It was quite a revelation when leaked documents, made public in April, showed that Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, had helped 14,000 clients worldwide create offshore accounts to conceal assets or dodge taxes. On Monday, a report by The Times found that there were at least 2,400 clients based...

Google tax kicks in starting June 1

The finance ministry has notified that the equalisation levy (popularly known as Google tax) introduced in this budget, will come into force from June 1. As of now, it will apply to payments for online advertisements made by Indian business entities to non-residents (such as Google,Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook) where the...

FATCA documentation for US-based trusts

Introduction Even though a trust may be established under the laws of a US state and have a US trust company serving as trustee (hereinafter a ‘US-based trust’), this does not mean that it is a US domestic trust for income tax purposes. If non-US persons make substantial decisions for...

Mexico: Multilateral Agreement For Automatic Exchange Of Transfer Pricing Documentation

On January 27, 2016, 31 Countries (among them Mexico) signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports (the “Agreement”) to be received from their taxpayers as part of the implementation of Action 13 of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Action Plan issued by the Organisation...

Countries that accept BEPS minimum standards may participate in global tax effort, OECD says

Any country that agrees to adopt the OECD/G20 base erosion profit shifting (BEPS) project minimum standards and pay an annual fee will be allowed to participate in future BEPS project work, according to a plan agreed to by the OECD today. The OECD’s framework for BEPS plan implementation, to be...

Subsidies will not be eliminated but better targeted, says Modi

Modi promised efficiency in allocation of resources as well as creation of opportunities for citizens to progress. New Delhi: Promising reforms that will transform lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the government will not eliminate all subsidies but will rationalise and target them to the needy. He said...

The Asia Tax Awards are back: Enter now for 2016

The revived Asia Tax Awards will feature categories for companies, firms and individuals. The Asia Tax Awards are back! More than five years after they last took place in November 2010, the Asia Tax Awards will be held once again on Thursday May 5 2016, following the Asia Tax Forum,...

IRS Still Hunts Offshore Accounts As More Foreign Banks Sign Deals With U.S.

With the web of FATCA information exchanges, whistleblowers, cooperating witnesses, and other sources, the IRS and Justice Department have a wealth of information at their disposal. They have warned offshore account holders to disclose before it’s too late. Under FATCA, banks everywhere want to know if you are compliant with...

Dual Residents Not Required to Report Some Foreign Assets

Jan. 6 — Some dual-resident taxpayers don’t have to report specified foreign financial assets on Form 8938 for 2015, the IRS said. These taxpayers won’t have to do the reporting as long as they determine their income tax liability—for all or part of the taxable year—as if they were nonresident...

Life insurers need to know customers’ tax status

Insurers and financial advisers are required to know the tax information of their customers, according to guidance published by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA). The new requirement follows UK information exchange agreements including Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, agreements with Crown...

Based on comments and feedback received, the Guidance Note for implementation of 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...

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...

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...

Information Of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

The provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in March 2010. •FATCA targets tax non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts •FATCA focuses on reporting: •By U.S. taxpayers about certain foreign financial accounts and offshore assets •By foreign financial institutions about financial accounts held...

Australia: Country-by-country reporting guidelines

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on 17 December 2015 released guidelines that address country-by-country reporting. The ATO release—Law Companion Guideline (LCG) 2015/3—discusses Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Act 2015 that was enacted earlier this month and discusses, in particular, Schedule 4. Background Schedule 4 created Subdivision 815-E of...

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Case law Chevron appeal to the Full Federal Court Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd has appealed the decision of the Federal Court in Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation (No 4) [2015] FCA 1092 to the Full Federal Court. For details of the Federal Court decision, please...

Additional OECD CRS self-certifications required from investors subscribing to Cayman Islands (and other non-U.S.) investment funds on or after January 1, 2016

The Cayman Islands (along with the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, the British Virgin Islands and over 70 other countries) has committed to implementing the OECD Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”), which will require investment funds to collect tax identification and tax residency information from all new subscribers and transferees (including...

Foreign Banks Pay To Avoid Tax Evasion Charges As More Americans Disclose Offshore Accounts

Lately, the IRS is warning offshore account holders to disclose before it’s too late. Under FATCA, banks everywhere want to know if you are compliant with the IRS. And the cost of compliance for many people is growing. The IRS updated its list of foreign banks where accounts trigger a...

Cayman Islands Automatic Exchange of Information Update

The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority (“TIA“) has issued an advisory addressing several points of note regarding the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS“) in the Cayman Islands. Updated Self-Certification Forms The TIA has published new entity and individual self-certification forms which address the account holder disclosure requirements under each of CRS,...

Cayman issues self-certification templates and participating jurisdiction list

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services’ Department for International Tax Cooperation (DITC) on 8 December 2015 issued an industry advisory regarding the ongoing implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in the Cayman Islands. The advisory issued two new templates; the entity self-certification form and the individual self-certification form...

Clinton offers new ‘exit tax’ on U.S.-foreign company mergers

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will unveil a proposal for a new “exit tax” aimed at cracking down on corporate inversions, a practice that permits U.S. companies to merge with corporations overseas to lower their tax bill. The new tax would be part of a broader effort to target...

Change in UK Treatment of Dual-Resident Companies May Affect U.S. Tax Planning

On November 30, 2015, the UK tax authorities at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reached an agreement with Jersey about the interpretation of the company residence tie-breaker provision of the Jersey-UK income tax treaty. After reviewing other income tax treaties that contain similar provisions, HMRC will now take the view...

British Virgin Islands: BVI Financial Account Reporting — Preparing For The CRS

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the standard for automatic exchange of financial account information produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) which provides for systematic and periodic automatic exchange of information between signatory jurisdictions. At its heart is a requirement for financial institutions, including British Virgin...

Russian withholding tax reclaim process

In a previous article we have discussed that you might be entitled to reclaim withholding tax on your foreign investments in Russia (including ADRs, GDRs). For transactions where the ultimate beneficial owner is not declared prior to the payment of income, local Russian custodians apply 30% withholding tax on dividends1...

Sea-change in landscape of taxation

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 29: “The world of taxation has changed tremendously impacted by FATCA, transfer pricing, Base Erosion and Profit Sharing, and others which require dramatic changes in existing operating models and structures,” remarked Fouad Douglas, PwC Country Senior partner, at a tax seminar organised by the PwC in conjunction...

Common Reporting Standard effective in Ireland from 1 January 2016

Recent developments with regard to CRS (the OECD’s “Common Reporting Standard”) mean that Irish funds need to take steps now to update their application forms and subscription documents. As referred to in Matheson’s November Investment Funds Newsletter, the Irish Finance Bill 2015 contains further provisions putting in place the necessary...

US Justice Department Announces Privatbank IHAG Zürich AG Reaches Resolution Under Swiss Bank

The Department of Justice announced today that Privatbank IHAG Zürich AG (IHAG) reached a resolution under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. IHAG will pay a penalty of more than $7 million. “Through the information provided by IHAG and other Swiss banks in the Program, the department has unraveled the various...

Common Reporting Standard (CRS) effective 1 January 2016; self-certification forms/ documentation update (13 November 2015)

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) impacts Irish funds from 1 January 2016. The CRS framework represents a globally coordinated approach to the disclosure of income earned by individuals and organisations in order to combat tax evasion. It emerged from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in February 2014...

DAVIS: A refresher on foreign asset reporting requirements

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced the exchange of financial account information with certain foreign tax administrations as the next step in efforts to combat offshore tax evasion. This is a significant portion of the IRS’s efforts to enforce FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which was enacted in...

Preparing for FATCA

By the summer of 2015 more than 90% of Russian banks joined the FATCA Now they need to how to implement the next steps (grant to the March 30, 2016 data on US tax residents), and prepare for the future requirements of FATCA. To send the required information to the...

FATCA to promote tax transparency between India and US

Hyderabad: Customers of several public and private sector banks across the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are finding fault with their bankers for asking to fill up more forms under Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The new rules have come into effect from November 1,...

Fair’s Fair: Balancing The Interests of the State and of Wealthy Migrants

Clare Maurice, Arabella Murphy and Sophie Mazzier, Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP For better or worse, the concept of “fairness” is here to stay in relation to taxation, whether domestic or international. Politicians of all persuasions like to insist that their respective policies will ensure that everyone pays his or her...

Still Broken: major new report on global corporate tax cheating

“In 2013 the OECD, supported by the G20, promised to bring an end to international corporate tax avoidance which costs countries around the world billions in tax revenues each year. However, with the recently announced actions against corporate tax dodging, G20 and OECD countries have failed to live up to...

Implementation problems in connection with the FATCA Agreement

The BMF has application letter sent to the chief financial authorities of the countries associated with the between the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America concluded by 31.5.2013 FATCA Agreement. Background Background of extensive, comprehensive 71 pages, application letter from the Federal Ministry of Finance on...

Canada: Canadian Challenge To FATCA

On August 4 and 5, 2015, the FC heard oral arguments in a lawsuit—commenced on August 11, 2014 by two Canada-US citizens—that challenges the law implementing the Canada- US intergovernmental agreement (IGA) relating to FATCA (Virginia Hillis et al. v. The Attorney General of Canada et al., court file no....

Why Billions of Dollars in Estate Taxes Go Uncollected

They say the only certain things in life are death and taxes, but a large number of non-U.S. citizens may have found a way to avoid at least one of those. Under U.S. tax law, the estates of foreign holders of U.S. assets, such as stocks, real estate and valuables,...