U.S. financial institutions Tuesday began withholding up to 30 percent from payments sent to foreign banks that have not agreed to turn over information on their wealthy American accountholders.
The U.S. Treasury Department published a preview of upcoming guidance Tuesday for financial institutions that have agreed to report to the Internal Revenue Service on their American clients.
Foreign banks are delaying overhauls to their IT systems and customer onboarding procedures made necessary by a U.S. tax law until their home governments conclude client data-sharing agreements with the United States, according to U.S. officials.
A "quantum leap" in efforts to improve global financial transparency, including the passage of a U.S. anti-tax evasion law, has mitigated the compliance risks of offshore banking centers in recent years, says Martin Livingston, a partner at the Cayman Islands branch of law firm Maples and Calder.
The U.S. Treasury Department Thursday finalized rules for a controversial law intended to pressure foreign banks to name their American clients, and disclosed a related bilateral agreement with Norway.
The U.S. Treasury Department will publish final rules this week on an anti-tax evasion law intended to compel foreign banks to disclose data on their high-value American clients, say sources.
Set to take effect in a little more than a year, a U.S. plan to shine a light on American tax evaders holding accounts abroad is spurring detractors and imitators alike.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service's criminal division will open more investigations into members of an anti-government group that refuse to pay income tax, according to a senior agency official.
Financial institutions concerned about a looming Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act implementation date can breathe easier, at least for another year, under a new U.S. Treasury Department timetable.
A plan by the United Kingdom's Parliament to make it obligatory for non-U.K. financial institutions to disclose data about their British clients is likely to face stiff resistance from the banking sector, say sources.
The United States disclosed a plan Thursday that would allow Switzerland and Japan to comply with a controversial U.S. anti-tax evasion law despite bank secrecy controls in the countries.
Financial industry groups from several countries called on U.S. officials to extend by one year a deadline to comply with an anti-tax evasion law that takes effect in January.
With the first deadline for an anti-tax evasion law a year away, foreign financial institutions remain unsure about their obligation to renew certain certifications and amend their recordkeeping procedures.
Rules intended to collect data on offshore American assets will be most greatly softened for financial institutions in five European nations, the U.S. Treasury Department proposed Wednesday.
A U.S. anti-tax haven law that goes into effect in 2013 may serve as a model for European legislators seeking to recoup lost tax revenue, said speakers at an anti-money laundering conference on Monday and Tuesday.
Upcoming U.S. Treasury Department rules on a new law meant to curb tax evasion may mean only modest new compliance duties for American financial institutions, according to consultants.