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Treasury Releases Model Intergovernmental Agreement for Implementing the FATCA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today published a model intergovernmental agreement (model agreement) to implement the information reporting and withholding tax provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Enacted by Congress in 2010, these provisions target non-compliance by U.S. taxpayers using foreign accounts

The agreement was developed in consultation with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom and is based on a framework announced by those five countries and the United States in February.

Treasury said the agreement would be a basis for close cooperation between the United States, these five countries, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, and other partner governments.

The model agreement follows through on the commitment reflected in the joint statement issued with the same countries in February to collaborate on developing an intergovernmental approach to implementing FATCA. The model agreement is accompanied by another joint communique with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, endorsing the agreement and calling for a speedy conclusion of bilateral agreements based on the model.

There are two versions of the model agreement - a reciprocal version and a nonreciprocal version. Both versions establish a framework for reporting by financial institutions of certain financial account information to their respective tax authorities, followed by automatic exchange of such information under existing bilateral tax treaties or tax information exchange agreements. Both versions of the model agreement also address the legal issues that had been raised in connection with FATCA, and simplify its implementation for financial institutions.
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Read more at: Tax Times blog

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