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In a major U.S. Treasury announcement about FATCA this morning (July 12, 2014) titled “Engaging with More than 80 Countries to Combat Offshore Tax Evasion and Improve Global Tax Compliance”, Treasury extended by 6 months the start of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) withholding and account due diligence requirements.
Treasury stated that “due to overwhelming interest from countries around the world, a six-month extension to will be provided to allow more time to complete agreements with foreign jurisdictions.” Boiled down, Treasury has granted a 6 month extension, to July 1, 2014, for foreign financial institutions to achieve FATCA compliance because just three days before the FATCA Registration Portal should have opened, only 7 IGA have been agreed and signed by the United States and foreign countries.
FATCA Portal Opening Delayed
Moreover, on Monday, July 15, Treasury was supposed to open its FATCA Portal that foreign institutions could begin to register with the IRS. However, the IRS released Notice 2013-43 in conjunction with Treasury’s announcement that its FATCA portal would not be available before August 19, 2013. Thus, the IRS has had to push back the other key dates for registration by an additional 6 months as well. After the FATCA registration website opens, a financial institution will be able to begin the process of registering by creating an account and inputting the required information for itself, for its branch operations, and, if it serves as a “lead” financial institution, for other members of its expanded affiliated group.
The IRS will not issue any GIINs in 2013. Instead it expects to begin issuing GIINs as registrations are finalized in 2014. The IRS will electronically post the first IRS FFI List by June 2, 2014, and will update the list on a monthly basis thereafter. To ensure inclusion in the June 2014 IRS FFI List, FFIs would need to finalize their registration by the new deadline of April 25, 2014 instead of the original October 25, 2013 deadline.
Read the full analysis at http://profwilliambyrnes.com/2013/07/12/u-s-treasury-delays-fatca-withholding-until-july-1-2014/