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Tax Director, Estates and Trusts, lawyer with over 15 years experience, business, international taxation, US estate and trust planning. Published tax author.

IRS Offers Guidance on Online FATCA Registrations

On December 27, the Internal Revenue Service updated its FAQs on FATCA providing guidance on how to submit the final online registration which has been available since January 1, 2014.  The status of financial institutions, which have already entered their registration information, was updated to “Registration Incomplete” on December 31 and new FAQ #29 explains […]

Global Tax Information Exchange: OECD Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

This past Monday, October 15th, Switzerland signed the OECD Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters According to Switzerland’s Ambassador to the OECD, Switzerland’s signature of the Convention “confirms Switzerland’s commitment to the global fight against tax fraud and tax evasion with a view to safeguarding the integrity and reputation of the country’s financial […]

FATCA is Now!

Offshore Leaks – Update

As an almost immediate update to our blog post from yesterday, today we learned that the names of about 4,000 Americans form part of the leaked data. The Washington Post is to begin reporting some of the information on April 7, so it seems that in just a few days some records will be publicly […]

Offshore Leaks

As James Henry states in his study The Price of Offshore Revisited written for the Tax Justice Network, “Since the late 1970s, investigative journalists, tax authorities, drug enforcement officials, terrorist trackers, and national security experts – and a few economists – have gradually become aware that there is indeed a vast deal of money – […]

FATCA Flashes Forward

Enacted in 2010, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) requires foreign financial institutions (“FFIs”) to report information to IRS on their US accounts and to withhold and pay tax on various US source payments. FATCA also imposes substantial rules on Non-FFIs (NFFIs). In our blog, we have posted several updates (links listed below) on […]

Oldest Swiss bank closes after guilty plea for US tax law violations

On January 3, 2013, Mr. Otto Bruerer of Wegelin & Company, which was founded in 1741 and Switzerland’s oldest bank, entered a plea on Wegelin’s behalf to a single count of conspiracy to commit tax evasion (the technical language of the charge is “willfully and knowingly would and did defraud the USA and the IRS […]

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