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FATCA Failures: Holistic compliance or just full of holes?

FATCA Failures: Holistic compliance or just full of holes?

In the last eighteen months we’ve conducted compliance reviews in five countries on twelve Tier 2 and Tier 3 financial institutions. In this post, we unpick the strategies we have seen firms use to approach their QI and FATCA obligations, and highlight the problems we have observed when firms fail to take a holistic approach to compliance.

Your ‘Bible’ to Compliance

Your ‘Bible’ to Compliance

The road to compliance is never ending and the IRS have certainly given us some interesting scenery to admire as we traverse the QI regulatory landscape.

In this post we discuss the importance of a living compliance program, and highlight some of the IRS announcements that need to be reflected in your policies and procedures if you want to remain fully compliant.

Validating W-8 Forms: Cultivating an Eye for Detail

Validating W-8 Forms: Cultivating an Eye for Detail

We are often asked what constitutes a consequential or an inconsequential error when validating a W-8 form. Some errors are obviously consequential, such as failing to sign the form, completing the wrong form and providing US indicia. But what happens if an error appears relatively trivial, such as an incorrect date format? In this post, we explore how you can assess the risks involved and make a judgement about whether to reject or validate a W-8 form.

I speak English, French and FATCA

I speak English, French and FATCA

Acronyms have two main uses. The first is to facilitate efficient communication between professionals within a given discipline where the long form of technical terms would be unwieldy. The second use is to create a barrier to communication, a secret language, that you can only understand if you are within the profession. In this post, Ross McGill gives a quick guide to the acronyms of FATCA.

Are FATCA’s Dissenters Tilting at Windmills?

Are FATCA’s Dissenters Tilting at Windmills?

Like Don Quixote, FATCA’s dissenters may have misidentified their enemy. So what is the problem with FATCA and what might happen if the anti-FATCA movement succeed in getting it repealed?

The Challenges of GATCA

The Challenges of GATCA

The global anti-tax evasion frameworks that comprise GATCA have as many commonalities as they have differences, so it makes sense to approach regulatory compliance in a holistic fashion.

In this post, we explore how smaller firms are responding to the pressures of compliance…

FATCA Misconceptions

FATCA Misconceptions

For some within the industry, the mere mention of ‘FATCA’ is enough to spark compliance-nightmare flashbacks.

The ever unpopular FATCA regulations have now been with us for seven years. But, despite its relative longevity, there are a surprising number of misconceptions surrounding FATCA….

Will AEoI be the new Equifax?

Will AEoI be the new Equifax?

What are the data security risks associated with the AEoI framework? In this post, Ross McGill explores some of the risks and issues a stark warning to the financial services industry.

Why W8? – Start re-papering over the cracks now!

Why W8? – Start re-papering over the cracks now!

QIs and NQIs face a rare opportunity to dramatically increase their W-8 compliance rate by re-papering all existing clients using the IRS’ new W-8 forms. Find out how such a project could benefit your firm and why it could be worth it in the long run.

Remember your New Reporting Obligations Under AEoI / CRS

Remember your New Reporting Obligations Under AEoI / CRS

You’re just getting over the initial FATCA and QI reporting, submitted all of your 1042-S forms, and now you’re looking ahead to September and the deadline for all those 1042 forms. However, you may need to report under AEoI/CRS at the same time. Are you planning ahead to avoid this headache?

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