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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.

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.

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