Questions FIs Should Ask External FATCA and CRS Service Providers

September 2021

OECD Guide Offers Financial Institutions Advice on Hiring External Service Organizations to Handle Compliance While financial institutions (FIs) have final responsibility for compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standards (CRS), many engage outside service

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How to Ensure FATCA and CRS Stakeholder Collaboration

September 2021

OECD Report suggests compliance regime elements for FIs and Stakeholders Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standards (CRS) stakeholders are key to financial institutions’ (FIs) successful implementation, compliance, and maintenance efforts. These activities require funding, monitoring and

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How Tax Administrations Handle FATCA, CRS Non-Compliance

August 2021

OECD Report Details Preventative and Corrective Measures for Financial Institutions’ FATCA and CRS Non-Compliance Tax administrations can use a combination of detective, preventative and corrective measures to assess and treat Foreign Account Tax Compliance (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

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Debunking Five Myths About Cryptocurrency

August 2021

A surge in cryptocurrency prices this year created many crypto paper millionaires and brought millions into the game. But the digital currency market is a rollercoaster ride. As a result, many of those fortunes have already evaporated as crypto prices

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How Tax Administrations Can Monitor FIs’ FATCA and CRS Compliance Training

August 2021

Governance and Implementation Compliance Hallmarks for FIs A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that tax administrations can assess financial institutions’ FATCA and CRS compliance by monitoring their staff training initiatives. The report, “Guide

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IRS Security Summit Offers Tips on How to Prevent Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Two-factor Identification is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to prevent tax fraud. As Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) we suggest many other safeguards to our clients. As Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) my firm has long helped clients untangle webs

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FinCEN to host second ‘exchange’ on preventing ransomware

July 2021

The United States Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will hold a second FinCEN Exchange in August to discuss ways to combat increasingly sophisticated cyber and ransomware attacks. The FinCEN Exchange is a voluntary public and private partnership that

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What is Backup Withholding Tax and Who Has to Pay It?

July 2021

When it comes to taxes, mistakes can cost you more than money. That’s especially true with Federal backup withholding taxes. In simplest terms, 24 percent backup withholding is demanded of both payers and payees who either mistakenly or intentionally supply

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The IRS Is Cracking Down On Cryptocurrency Tax Reporting

July 2021

If you’ve engaged in cryptocurrency or other virtual currency transactions worth $20,000 in any one year between 2016 and 2020, the IRS wants to hear from you. The IRS believes thousands of taxpayers are not telling the government about their

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2021 “Green Book” Introduces Comprehensive Financial Account Reporting

July 2021

The “Green Book” is a US Treasury Department document that presents detailed explanations of an Administration’s revenue proposals in support of a President’s annual budget request.  On May 28, 2021, the Biden administration released its “Green Book” titled “General Explanations

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Upcoming Virtual Currency FBAR and FATCA Reporting Enforcement

July 2021

Under current FinCEN regulations, a foreign account holding virtual currency is not reportable on the FBAR.  However, FinCEN in its FinCEN Notice 2020-2, proposes amending reports of foreign financial accounts (FBAR) regulations to include virtual currency accounts as a type

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THE TAX GAP TO RISE TO APPROXIMATELY $7 TRILLION

July 2021

The US Treasury reports that it is expecting the tax gap to rise to approximately $7 trillion over the course of the next decade if left unaddressed.   In May 2021, the US Department of the Treasury issued the “THE AMERICAN

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