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3 new IGAs in effect – FATCA IGA update

Posted by William Byrnes on April 23, 2014

67 days remain until the July 1st deadline that FATCA’s 30% withholding applies to payments from US sources.  But with less than 2 weeks, the crunch time is on for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to register by May 5 with the IRS to obtain a GIIN and to be included on the IRS’ list of participating FFIs in order to avoid the attracting the 30% withholding by US withholding agents.

51 IGAs are now to be treated in effect, including 26 that have been signed and 25 that are agreed (but not yet officially signed).  The 3 newly added IGAs in the past two weeks include Bahamas, India and Slovak Republic.  FFIs in these IGA jurisdictions have an extension to register with the IRS before December 22, 2014 to obtain their GIINs.

The following jurisdictions are treated as having a FATCA intergovernmental agreement (IGA) in effect:

Jurisdictions that have reached agreements in substance and have consented to being included on this list (beginning on the date indicated in parenthesis):

Model 1 IGA = 24

  1. Australia (4-2-2014)
  2. Bahamas (4-17-2014) <— new
  3. Belgium (4-2-2014)
  4. Brazil (4-2-2014)
  5. British Virgin Islands (4-2-2014)
  6. Croatia (4-2-2014)
  7. Czech Republic (4-2-2014)
  8. Estonia (4-3-2014)
  9. Gibraltar (4-2-2014)
  10. India (4-11-2014) < — new
  11. Jamaica (4-2-2014)
  12. Kosovo (4-2-2014)
  13. Latvia (4-2-2014)
  14. Liechtenstein (4-2-2014)
  15. Lithuania (4-2-2014)
  16. New Zealand (4-2-2014)
  17. Poland (4-2-2014)
  18. Portugal (4-2-2014)
  19. Qatar (4-2-2014)
  20. Slovak Republic (4-11-2014) < — new
  21. Slovenia (4-2-2014)
  22. South Africa (4-2-2014)
  23. South Korea (4-2-2014)
  24. Romania (4-2-2014)

Model 2 IGA = 1

  1. Austria (4-2-2014)

Jurisdictions that have signed agreements:


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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 Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) and local law compliance challenges (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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