CHICAGO – The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have issued new, temporary regulations impacting passive foreign investment company (PFIC) shareholders, which have the potential to bring better than expected outcomes for many individuals. Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has reviewed these regulations, and provides insight in a new whitepaper, Good news for passive foreign investment company shareholders.
"The temporary PFIC regulations have clarified questions about who is required to report excess distributions, share disposal, or purging of stock," said Christine Anderson, CPA, CITP, Financial Services Industry Leader at Baker Tilly. “As a result, the determination of ownership and filing requirements exempts more individuals than originally anticipated.”
Good news for passive foreign investment company shareholders is available online and addresses:
- Determination of ownership of a PFIC
- Annual filing requirements
- Exceptions to the filing requirements
Additionally, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) registration deadline for avoiding a 30 percent withholding is fast approaching. Baker Tilly recommends foreign financial institutions (FFIs) register before April 25, 2014, even if they are in a jurisdiction entered in a Model 1 intergovernmental agreement (IGA). Registering will help FFIs avoid potential withholding issues if a Global Intermediary Identification Number cannot be provided by June 30, 2014.
“Foreign financial institutions must register with the IRS and comply with investor due diligence and verification procedures to identify US account holders,” added Anderson. "It’s important that asset management organizations stay informed of international tax requirements related to passive foreign investment companies and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.”
For more information, including a complete list of companies that have entered into Model 1 IGAs, visit Deadlines approaching for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act registration.
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