77,353 FFI Listed by IRS as FATCA compliant – here’s a breakdown
Posted by William Byrnes on June 2, 2014
The IRS has published the FATCA compliant Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) list in downloadable XMS (excel) format. The list contains the current 77,353 names of financial institutions and other entities that have completed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) registration with the IRS and obtained a global intermediary identification number (GIIN). At least another 70,000 – 100,000 FFIs remain to register and/or are waiting to receive a GIIN, although the IRS has stated in the FFI List FAQs the total number could reach as high as 500,000.
From July 1st a withholding of 30% will apply to FATCA withholdable payments to the 140 countries and jurisdictions without an IGA. 68 countries and jurisdictions have a an IGA with the USA and thus a FATCA registration extension until the end of the year. See yesterday’s article about the IGAs and other deadlines.
20% of the FATCA compliant financial firms hailed from Cayman Islands at 14,836 registered whereas BVI had 1,837. 2.053 Netherlands financial firms registered thus far, whereas nearly twice as many Swiss firms had GIINs at 4,040. Liechtenstein only had 239 register. Of the BRIC countries, only 211 China firms were registered to date, 246 Indian ones, and 514 Russian ones, compared to 2,258 for Brazil.
The most obscure GIIN registration is perhaps AK BARS Investments Corporation which listed BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY. Falkland Islands even had a registration, albeit a branch, as did Wallis and Futuna (French Pacific territory). The most contentious GIIN registrations will be the 23 from “the State of Palestine” (I must have missed the State Department press release recognizing its statehood).
The FFI List Search and Download Tool contains a link to a Search and Download Tool that allows the FFI List to be searched and downloaded to ensure ease of use. A User Guide for the list search-and-download tools is posted online to explain the convenient features provided.
A cumulative updated FFI list will be posted monthly that will contain the names of all financial institutions and other entities that have completed FATCA registration with the IRS and obtained a GIIN up to 5 business days before the end of the previous month. The first updated list will be posted by the IRS on July 1.
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