While FinCEN lacks Independent Litigating Authority, it is the Regulator for the BSA and is responsible for the administration of BSA/AML

November 2020

FinCEN issues implementing regulations that “ensure” compliance with the BSA.  FinCEN delegates its examination authority to federal agencies.  These federal agencies are the “Federal Functional Regulators” who supervise institutions for BSA compliance.  They are the: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

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Is Section 314 of the USA PATRIOT Act Working?

November 2020

Section 314 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Sec 314) was drafted by Congress in 2001 to allow financial institutions to work with law enforcement agencies and with each other to support the common goal of deterring money laundering and terrorist

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“Complexity will not hide crime from law enforcement,” California U.S. Attorney on Brockman Indictment

November 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 39 count indictment charging Robert T. Brockman, with tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering, and other offenses, demonstrates that the DOJ is committed to the investigation and prosecution of the costliest and most sophisticated

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Are you purchasing Real Property from a Foreign Person?

November 2020

On 9/14/20, the IRS announced 4 New Compliance Campaigns . One Campaign addresses FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980) Reporting Compliance for Non-Resident Aliens (NRAs).  FIRPTA authorized the United States to tax foreign persons on dispositions

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IRS is Paying Attention to Virtual Currency Third-Party Information Reporting and Title 26

October 2020

On September 24, 2020, the TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION (TIGTA) issued a final audit report: “The Internal Revenue Service Can Improve Taxpayer Compliance for Virtual Currency Transactions”  that evaluates the IRS’s efforts to ensure accurate reporting of virtual

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Financial Institutions to Remain Vigilant of Ransomware Attacks as they are Facilitators of Ransomware Payments

October 2020

On October 1, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to alert Financial Institutions (FI) relating to “predominant trends, typologies, and potential indicators of ransomware and associated money laundering activities”.  The FinCEN Advisory also makes reference to

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Beware of FATCA Notices of Default After FATCA Certification Deadlines!

October 2020

Under FATCA, an Event of Default (EOD) will occur if an Entity fails to perform required material obligations with respect to the due diligence, verification, withholding, or reporting FATCA requirements, or if the IRS determines that the entity has failed

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Are Banks Implementing BSA Risk Based Adjustments related to COVID-19 circumstances?

October 2020

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Semiannual Risk Perspective Report highlights how the Covid-19 Pandemic has elevated  operational risks for banks as they are challenged with the implementation of new processes/procedures, business continuity plans and a steep

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GAFILAT Identifies Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing Emerging Threats

October 2020

GAFILAT (Financial Action Task Force of Latin America) published a Second Update to the Money Laundering Regional Threat Report (2017-2018) that includes:  ANNEX VI: THREATS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.   Considered to be a regional money laundering threat analysis, the

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Erroneous FACTA Withholding?

October 2020

What if a U.S. Withholding Agent  of a Foreign financial Institution (FFI) erroneously applies a 30% Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Chapter 4 FATCA Withholding to a payment to the FFI? What can be done to recover the funds?      Who

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Did you know that the IRS is Involved with Investigating and Prosecuting Bribery?

September 2020

In 1977, the United States enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The FCPA prohibits an offer, payment, promise or the authorization of a payment of money or anything of value (a/k/a bribery) to a foreign official for the purpose

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What is being done to improve the Communication with Non-U.S. Users of FATCA and QI Systems?

September 2020

On November, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) published its Public Report.  The purpose of IRSAC is to serve as an advisory body to the Commissioner of the IRS and to organize a public forum between IRS officials

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