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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) - Payment of U.S. Income

posted Jan 24, 2012 in the Global Tax Blog

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As we enter 2012, the countdown to the January 1, 2013 implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is now officially under one year.  FATCA is a set of laws that impose mandatory U.S. federal withholding on payments of U.S. source income to the following two types of non-complying entities:

1. Foreign financial institutions
2. Nonfinancial foreign entities

The definition of a foreign financial institution includes banks and brokerage firms.  These types of organizations are commonly thought of as financial institutions.  However, the definition also includes private investment funds which would include hedge, private equity and venture funds. 

To read more on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) see our News & Events page.