U.S. TIGTA report finds 'actions needed' to fix FATCA compliance

A major report detailing what are said to be the compliance shortcomings of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, just made public within the past 24 hours by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, has sparked interest and concern among FATCA-watchers around the world, including American expatriates and the tax experts, lawyers and political advocates who represent them.

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News of bank being required to pay damages for FATCA error seen potential new disincentive for banks to accept U.S. citizen clients

News that a French bank has been ordered to pay damages to a Canadian client whom it had erroneously thought to be American, and whose details it had thus transferred to the U.S. under FATCA, is being seen by some in the American expat community as yet another reason that banks and other financial services businesses may become even more wary of accepting American expats as clients going forward.

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IRS Commissioner Rettig sticks mainly to domestic tax issues during Ways and Means subcommittee hearing...

... but says greater resources needed 'to follow cross-border money flows'

American expats who tuned in last to last week's House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing, in the hope of hearing IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig say something encouraging about plans to address their long-standing tax and FATCA-related issues, would have been disappointed, if not exactly surprised.

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Twelve years on: Just how well do you know your FATCA?

Without really meaning to, many American expatriates as well as tax industry experts, lawyers and others have become experts on the subject of FATCA over the past decade-plus that it's been around.

So, as we did last year on this date, we thought it might be interesting to mark the occasion of FATCA's coming into force by compiling a list of twelve  impossible-to-resist questions about it, in order to test just how well we've all been paying attention! (Spoiler alert: Most of these are from last year, although some of the answers may have changed, and a few are new...) See below...

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Dutch ministers, banking industry ass'n say FATCA info deadline again pushed back, as talks continue

Accidental Americans who live in the Netherlands have been told that banks in the country have agreed not to require either their Social Security numbers or Certificate of Loss of Nationality in order to keep their accounts open until Sept. 1, 2022.

The news came last month, while Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra last week revealed that he and his fellow ministers are continuing to press their U.S. counterparts over the way they require Dutch financial businesses to enforce the U.S. tax evasion prevention law known as FATCA.

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Bloomberg Editorial Board: U.S. is 'hypocrite on international financial crime'

The U.S., which "pressed the rest of the world" to crack down on the type of financial secrecy that enables tax evasion and cross-border illegality, is now "a hypocrite on international financial crime," Bloomberg, the major global media organization based in New York, has said, in an Editorial Board opinion piece it published on Friday. 

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Ross McGill: ‘FATCA isn’t the problem: CBT is’ 

Ross McGill: ‘FATCA isn’t the problem: CBT is’ 

In the early years of this century, a number of major media exposés reported how Homeland Americans, as well as rich people from other developed and developing countries, were making...