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Foreign Account Compliance: Are Foreign Policies Included?

Posted by William Byrnes on December 20, 2011

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was designed as a comprehensive measure to combat offshore tax evasion—a noble aim. However, FATCA’s comprehensiveness is also a burden for many in the financial services industry, especially insurance carriers and producers. In comments to regulators, one foreign life insurance trade organization, the Association of International Life Offices (AILO), recently called FATCA’s requirements “onerous and disproportionate to the risk involved.”

Passed as part of H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010, FATCA combats tax evasion by requiring disclosure from foreign institutions about accounts held by people, including U.S. citizens, and institutions risk being subject to U.S. tax. Many life insurance and annuity contracts are classified “accounts” under the Act, although FATCA doesn’t generally apply to property, casualty, and term life insurance contracts.

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For previous coverage of FATCA in Advisor’s Journal, see IRS Proposed FATCA Guidance Expands Offshore Compliance Initiatives (CC 10-52) & Offshore’s Limited Shelf Life (CC 10-47).

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HIRE/FATCA Act: Part II Discussion

Posted by William Byrnes on November 24, 2010

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The Federal Government has estimated that the “United States loses an estimated $345 billion in tax revenues each year as a result of offshore tax abuses primarily from the use of concealed and undeclared accounts held by U.S. taxpayers or their controlled foreign entities.” [1]

In consideration of the goal of eliminating this gap, “it is not surprising that the government recently ratcheted up its pressure on taxpayers who structured their activities, in many cases, with the active help and assistance of promoters and facilitators to avoid reporting their taxable income on their tax returns or hide these offshore accounts from the government.” [2] This increased “pressure” came in the form of the HIRE Act passed in the first quarter of 2010. [3] As was discussed earlier this week,[4] the new law provides for reporting requirements by foreign financial institutions with U.S. accountholders about the status, specifically identity and balance, of their account. [5] Read the entire article at AdvisorFYI.

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How The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act May Impact Your Business and Clients

Posted by William Byrnes on November 23, 2010

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During the first quarter of 2010, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act. “The act provides incentives for job creation, but in order to pay for the incentives, the act also contains significant changes that will affect foreign financial institutions that choose to do business with U.S. persons.” [1] Half of the “U.S. Congressional Record that contains the act” is “dedicated to foreign account tax compliance.” [2]

Therefore, “although the act is commonly referred to as the HIRE Act for its focus on job creation, one of its main purposes is to target tax dodgers’ use of foreign accounts.” [3] The act is basically a model of the 2009 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which was introduced by the Senate.   “The act incorporates substantially all of FATCA, with one important exception: FATCA would have imposed reporting requirements on material advisors, including attorneys, accountants, and other professionals, who advise on acquisitions or formations of foreign entities.” [4]

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