Estonia releases FATCA announcement

On 5 February 2019, the Estonian Tax and Customs Board released a notice stating that recently circulating letters with the headline “FATCA NOTICE” from the “U.S. Compliance Department” are not official communication from the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S. (“IRS”) (Link-Estonian).

Recently, Estonian companies received letters on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) which appear to be sent by the “U.S. Compliance Department”. Most of the letters require contacting an indicated phone number. Upon request from the Estonian Government, the IRS confirmed that they have not sent such letters.

The Tax and Customs Board in Estonia now requests not to react to such letters, but to send a copy of the letter to infovahetus@emta.ee.

More information on FATCA in Estonia can be found on the Estonian FATCA information webpage (Link-Estonian).

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