IRS issues 'temporary relief' (through 2024) for banks of 'accidental Americans' who lack TINs

The Internal Revenue Service has quietly announced that it is introducing "temporary U.S. Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) relief" for non-U.S. banks and other "foreign financial institutions" located in certain countries, so that they won't be deemed to be in "significant non-compliance" of their obligations under the U.S. tax evasion-prevention law known as FATCA, because one or more of their apparently American citizen account-holders say they're unable to provide them with their U.S. taxpayer identification number (TIN).

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U.S. and Argentina agree FATCA IGA at last

(...but it's said no more reciprocal than other Model 1 IGAs)

Argentina has at last agreed a FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the U.S. government, according to a statement on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, tax industry sources, and news reports in that country.

Until now, Argentina had not participated in the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Agreement program, which was signed into law in 2010, and came into force in 2014.

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Accidental Americans group launches appeal, after DC court dismisses renunciations case

 After a Washington DC judge on Wednesday dismissed a crowd-funded legal challenge brought last year by a Paris-based organization of accidental Americans and around nine co-plaintiffs over the way their ability to "voluntarily expatriate" had become all-but-impossible – which they said was a violation of the U.S. Constitution – the plaintiffs gave notice yesterday of their plans to appeal.

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Canadian court rules against 'Gwen and Kazia' challenge of FATCA information-sharing law's constitutionality

An appeals court in Ottawa has affirmed the constitutionality of the way the Canadian government allows Canadian financial institutions to share the information of their U.S. account-holders with the authorities in the U.S., ending the latest round of a years-long battle by two U.S. born Canadian women who are known informally to their supporters as "Gwen and Kazia." 

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New European Parliament 'update' of 2018 report on FATCA said to acknowledge many FATCA critics' concerns

(..as FATCA critics respond with calls for immediate EU action)                                                                          

A new report by a European Parliamentary think tank that had been commissioned by the Parliament's Committee on Petitions (PETI) to "update" a previous report on the subject of "FATCA Legislation and its Application at the International and EU Level" is being welcomed by FATCA critics in Europe for its acknowledgement of certain  concerns about the way the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is implemented that the original report didn't fully identify.

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Mixed response in Expatland as U.S. Treasury unveils plans for new FATCA reporting 'guidance' for 'FFIs'

The news that banks in the Netherlands will not, in fact, be obliged to begin requiring their U.S. person account-holders to have U.S. Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs), such as Social Security numbers, as of Sept 1, has (unsurprisingly) been welcomed by such TIN-lacking U.S. persons in that country.

(Particularly since Sept. 1 came and went more than a week ago...)

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Lehagre's Assn of Accidental Americans requests U.S. district court 'expedite' its renunciation fee challenge case

The Association of Accidental Americans, a Paris-based advocacy organization, together with 20 “accidental Americans” (persons deemed to be U.S. citizens because they happened to have been born in the U.S. but who've lived all of the rest of their lives elsewhere, as citizens of other countries), yesterday filed a motion to expedite a legal challenge it filed in 2020, over the legality of the Renunciation Fee.

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Dutch finance secretary issues '4th FATCA Progress Letter', as Dutch Accidental Americans enquire 'what progress?'

The back-and-forth between the Dutch government and so-called accidental Americans who happen to be Dutch residents and citizens has resumed within the last few days, with a "Fourth Progress Letter [on] FATCA" having been issued on Monday by the country's State Secretary for Finance, Marnix van Rij. As usual, a response was immediately forthcoming from the Netherlands Association of Accidental Americans (NLAA) – which, again as usual, insisted that in fact, "no progress" on FATCA had yet been made. 

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AXFNJ Podcast: Dubai private asset manager for U.S. expats Vince Truong explains why everyone needs ‘a financial roadmap in place’

AXFNJ Podcast: Dubai private asset manager for U.S. expats Vince Truong explains why everyone needs ‘a financial roadmap in place’

Hearing Americans who've been living abroad for 10 or more years, and sometimes for most of their adult lives, describe how they got there is always interesting, I find. Many...

Dec-15-2022