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FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) Update

Posted by William Byrnes on January 29, 2014


As of January 29, 2013 the U.S. has nineteen IGAs signed and published, although others have been agreed in principle but not yet signed.   Sixteen of the current nineteen IGAs are based on Model 1: Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK.  Three IGAs are based on Model 2, being Bermuda, Japan and Switzerland.

The following jurisdictions are treated as having an intergovernmental agreement in effect:

Model Intergovernmental Agreements (Model Agreements)

Following the enactment of FATCA, Treasury published the Model Intergovernmental Agreement to Improve Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA. Use the links here to find the current version of the agreement you need.

FATCA Compliance Program and Manual

book coverFifty contributing authors from the professional and financial industry provide 600 pages of expert analysis within the LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance (2nd Edition): many perspectives – one voice crafted by the primary author William Byrnes.

The LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance (2nd Edition) comprises 34 Chapters grouped in three parts: compliance program (Chapters 1–4), analysis of FATCA regulations (Chapters 5–16) and analysis of FATCA’s application for certain trading partners of the U.S. (Chapters 17–34), including intergovernmental agreements as well as the OECD’s TRACE initiative for global automatic information exchange protocols and systems. The 34 chapters include many practical examples to assist a compliance officer contextualize the regulations, IGA provisions, and national rules enacted pursuant to an IGA.  Chapters include by example an in-depth analysis of the categorization of trusts pursuant to the Regulations and IGAs, operational specificity of the mechanisms of information capture, management and exchange by firms and between countries, insights as to the application of FATCA and the IGAs within new BRIC and European country chapters.

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