Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act 2017: What Financial Institutions and Withholding Agents Need To Know Now
At the end of December 2016, the Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a widely anticipated package of new and modified regulations impacting the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In this one-hour briefing, experienced faculty will discuss highlights of the new regulatory guidance, including:
- Modifications to the FFI Agreement that FFIs must enter into in order to be considered “participating FFIs” under the FATCA regime;
- Updated rules for reporting of U.S. accounts by FFIs and withholding on payments made to FFIs and other foreign entities as well as other changes to the FATCA regulatory framework;
- Finalized regulations that coordinate existing Internal Revenue Code withholding provisions with FATCA withholding requirements;
- Proposed rules addressing verification requirements and certifications of compliance for sponsoring entities; certification requirements and procedures for trustee-documented trusts and registered deemed-compliant FFIs; and compliance certification requirements for participating FFIs; and
- Anticipated direction of FATCA enforcement under the new administration.