First Friday FATCA Update

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November 4, 2016

Recently, the Treasury released the Model 1A Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) entered into between the United States and Guyana.  The IRS also released the Competent Authority Agreement (CAA) implementing the Model 1B IGA between the United States and Kuwait entered into on April 29, 2015.

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

  • Rep. Edward R. Royce (R-Calif.) recently introduced in the House of Representatives a bill that would exempt premiums paid on non-cash-value property and casualty insurance from coverage under FATCA (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.