Does your Third-Party FATCA Consultant have the experience to interpret the complex US Tax Code?

July 2020

Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) have multiple FATCA reporting compliance responsibilities and face the possibility of penalties for not complying.  Understanding and interpreting more than 1,000 pages of FATCA regulations requires an underlying comprehension of their words (a new vocabulary) and

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Las Instituciones Financieras ya no Pueden Permitirse Sub-Financiar la Contratación y la Capacitación del Cumplimiento

June 2020

La pandemia del Covid-19 y la reducción de la actividad económica que la acompaña ha sido una justificación para que las Instituciones Financieras (IF) vuelvan a analizar sus presupuestos para la capacitación y educación sobre el cumplimiento. Las IF, así

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The “Affidavit” in the IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures is a Key Component

June 2020

Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined) is one of the options available for US Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income.  The intention of the program is to provide non-willful uncompliant Taxpayers with a less stressful path toward recovering compliant

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The OVDP is now the VDP

June 2020

There was and IRS termination of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on September 28, 2018. On November 20, 2018, following the OVDP notice of termination, there was a release of a Memorandum announcing the Voluntary Disclosure Practice. On May

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What is new in the DOJ Updated Corporate Compliance Program Evaluation Guidance?

June 2020

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division published an update to the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs. The Corporate Compliance Evaluation Guideline assists  prosecutors with making decisions regarding a corporation’s

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Financial Institutions Can No Longer Afford to Underfund Compliance Hiring and Training

June 2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic and the accompanying reduction in economic activity has been a rationale for Financial Institutions (FI) to re-analyze their budgets for compliance training and education.  FIs, as well as  businesses in other industries, are seeking to preserve liquidity

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¿Qué sucede si una FFI pierde su GIIN?

May 2020

Para estar registrado en FATCA y exento de retención por parte de los agentes de retención de los Estados Unidos, una institución financiera extranjera (“FFI”) debe de tener un número de identificación de intermediario global (“GIIN”). Una institución financiera extranjera

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OFAC is not part of the BSA, But Convergence is Occurring

On April 15, 2020, the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)  released updated sections and related examination procedures to the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual (Manual)  which provide instructions to examiners when assessing the adequacy

What happens if an FFI loses its GIIN?

May 2020

In order to be FATCA registered and exempt from withholding by U.S. withholding agents, a Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) must have a Global Intermediary Identification Number (GIIN).   A Foreign Financial Institution withoutaGIIN is treated as unregistered in FATCA and faces

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How are Financial Institutions identifying and managing their PEP relationships?

May 2020

With respect to customers, Financial Institutions are required to have processes in place for identifying Politically Exposed Persons – known as “PEPs”.  PEPs are individuals perceived as more vulnerable to corruption and bribery involvement due to a current or past

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Financial Institutions Ought to Remain Alert to Illicit Financial Activity During Covid-19

May 2020

On March 16, 2020, FinCEN advised Financial Institutions to be on the alert about fraudulent transactions and potential illicit behavior connected to Covid-19.  FinCEN encouraged Financial Institutions to contact their functional regulator if the financial Institution has concerns about delays

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IRS issues FATCA Relief but not for All

January 2020

On September 6, 2019, IRS announced Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens.  These are procedures for certain persons who have relinquished, or intend to relinquish, their United States  citizenship, who wish to come into compliance with their U.S. income tax

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