Cayman Islands: Remedial action must be completed by 21 September

The Cayman Department for International Tax Cooperation (“DITC”) announced that it is close to completing the validation of the FATCA reports it received. However, due to changes made to the US FATCA schema by the IRS, additional information should be included in submitted Reports. It consequently announced that the remedial action must be completed by 21 September 2015, 5:00pm EST.

IRS publishes updated FATCA IDES Technical FAQs

On 9 September 2015, the IRS published updated FATCA IDES Technical Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to its website (Link). New FAQs (FAQs C22 and C23)  were added to explain how to use the FATCA XML Schema to amend or void  a FATCA report. Additionally, FAQ D12 was updated to explain the process of getting confirmation that files transmitted via IDES were received and approved by the IRS.

Cayman Islands Department of International Tax Cooperation announces it is close to finalizing FATCA reports

On 21 August 2015, the Cayman Islands Department of International Tax Cooperation (DICT) announced that it is “in the final stages of preparing data to be provided to the IRS” (Link). For these purposes, the Cayman AEOI Portal closed on 28 August 2015 and as a result late reporting could not be accepted after that date.

Croatia announces delay in FATCA implementation with reporting in 2016

On 10 September 2015, the Croatian Tax Authority announced (Link – Croatian) that the exchange of information between Croatia and the United States under the FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement between the two countries would occur no later than September 2016. During this period, Croatian Financial Institutions will be “deemed-compliant” and would not be subject to withholding.

Philippines announces the submission of FATCA reports in 2016

On 1 September 2015, the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) announced that pending the entry into force of the IGA, financial institutions will not have to submit information on reportable accounts until the second quarter of 2016 (Link). According to the same announcement, the reports to be submitted in 2016 will include information for both 2014 and 2015.

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