FATCA Update*

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July 12, 2016

Recently, the IRS released the Competent Authority Agreements (CAAs) implementing the Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) between the United States and the following treaty partners:

  • Portugal (Model 1A IGA signed on August 6, 2015);
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Model 1B IGA signed on August 18, 2015).

Since our last monthly FATCA update, we have also addressed other recent FATCA developments:

  • The IRS announced that it will conduct a test of the International Data Exchange Services (IDES) system beginning on July 18, 2016 (see previous coverage).
  • The IRS issued a proposed qualified intermediary (QI) agreement (Notice 2016-42) that spells out the new qualified derivatives dealer (QDD) regime (see previous coverage).
  • Argentina’s Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP) was reported to begin negotiating an IGA with the U.S. Treasury Department to ease compliance with FATCA (see previous coverage).
  • The Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari filed by two bankers associations that sought to challenge the validity of FATCA regulations that impose a penalty on banks that fail to report interest income earned by nonresident aliens on accounts in U.S. banks (see previous coverage).

Under FATCA, IGAs come in two forms: Model 1 or Model 2.  Under a Model 1 IGA, the foreign treaty partner agrees to collect information of U.S. accountholders in foreign financial institutions (FFIs) operating within its jurisdiction and transmit the information to the IRS.  Model 1 IGAs are drafted as either reciprocal (Model 1A) agreements or nonreciprocal (Model 1B) agreements.  By contrast, Model 2 IGAs are issued in only a nonreciprocal format and require FFIs to report information directly to the IRS.

A CAA is a bilateral agreement between the United States and the treaty partner to clarify or interpret treaty provisions.  A CAA implementing an IGA typically establishes and prescribes the rules and procedures necessary to implement certain provisions in the IGA and the Tax Information Exchange Agreement, if applicable.  Specific topics include registration of the treaty partner’s financial institutions, time and manner of exchange of information, remediation and enforcement, confidentiality and data safeguards, and cost allocation.  Generally, a CAA becomes operative on the later of (1) the date the IGA enters into force, or (2) the date the CAA is signed by the competent authorities of the United States and the treaty partner.

The Treasury Department website publishes IGAs, and the IRS publishes their implementing CAAs.

* This post should have been published on Friday, July 1, but was delayed.  We typically publish the First Friday FATCA updates on the first Friday of each month.