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November 10, 2012

U.S. engages with more than 50 jurisdictions to curtail offshore tax evasion

The US Treasury, announced that it is engaged with more than 50 foreign country jurisdictions to improve international tax compliance as part of efforts to implement the information reporting and withholding tax provisions under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

 The U.S. has already signed a bilateral agreement with the government of the U.K. Treasury is in the process of finalizing intergovernmental agreements and hopes to finish negotiations in this respect with: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Norway.                                                                                                       
Treasury is also maintaining an active dialog with several countries to conclude an intergovernmental agreement. Jurisdictions include: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Korea, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, the Slovak Republic, Singapore, and Sweden. The government expects to finalize the agreements with many of the listed countries by the end of the year.
Additionally, Treasury is discussing viable options for intergovernmental cooperation with: Bermuda, Brazil, the British Virgin Islands, Chile, the Czech Republic, Gibraltar, India, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Saint Maarten, Slovenia, and South Africa.
The government stated it will continue exploring ways of engaging other interested jurisdictions in intergovernmental cooperation including at a meeting of senior government officials and financial institutions.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US TAXPAYERS LIVING ABROAD? Now is the time to file all past unfiled US tax returns and report all foreign bank accounts, financial accounts, foreign corporations and partnerships, foreign mutual funds, etc.  If you wait until the IRS gets your information from a foreign source, the risk of high monetary penalties and criminal prosecution increases dramatically.  We can help you get compliant and avoid these problems before it is too late.  Email us at for further assistance or with questions.

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