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From the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing - Here Are All of the Countries Where Foreign Banks Will Share Information with The U.S. Regarding Your Offshore Bank or Brokerage or Other Financial Account Balance
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Jan 25, 2023, 6:37 AM ET
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Foreign Account Taxation Compliance Act (FACTA) is a U.S. law that forces foreign banks to share information regarding American customers' accounts with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The rules established by FACTA are designed to combat tax evasion by U.S. citizens who hold offshore accounts.
A total of 105 countries have agreed to comply with FACTA. Foreign banks in these countries will share information with the U.S. regarding your offshore balance. The way in which information is shared depends on whether the country at issue has entered into a Model 1 or a Model 2 agreement. Some of these counties are traditional tax havens whose banks are now providing less secrecy for foreign citizens. The guidance of our international tax attorneys can be highly valuable to offshore account holders when seeking to ensure compliance with FACTA or wish to become compliant and have unreported offshore income and are not in compliance with other foreign information reporting requirements.
If you have an undisclosed offshore bank account, get help resolving any issues regarding FACTA reporting. Contact our experienced Dual-Licensed International Tax Lawyers & CPAs by calling the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 or clicking here to book a reduced rate initial consultation. Our lawyers can review your case.
Note: As long as a taxpayer that has willfully committed tax crimes (potentially including non-filed foreign information returns coupled with affirmative evasion of U.S. income tax on offshore income) self-reports the tax fraud (including a pattern of non-filed returns) through a domestic or offshore voluntary disclosure before the IRS has started an audit or criminal tax investigation / prosecution, the taxpayer can ordinarily be successfully brought back into tax compliance and receive a nearly guaranteed pass on criminal tax prosecution and simultaneously often receive a break on the civil penalties that would otherwise apply.
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Most countries that have agreed to comply with the Foreign Account Taxation Compliance Act (FACTA) have entered into either a Model 1 agreement or a Model 2 agreement. In a country that has a Model 1 agreement, your account information will be gathered by the country's own financial institutions and then sent to that country's tax authority. Afterwards, the foreign tax authority will then share the information with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the U.S. There are 94 nations that have entered into Model 1 agreements:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
Under a Model 2 agreement, the foreign country's tax authority will not be part of the information sharing process. Rather, banks in these countries will have information shared directly between financial institutions and the IRS. There are 14 nations that have entered into Model 2 agreements:
- Hong Kong
- San Marino
Our experienced international tax attorneys can help offshore account holders navigate complex legal requirements and avoid any issues that may arise. If you encounter a problem with your foreign bank account regarding reporting requirements under FACTA, then you should contact our Dual-Licensed Tax Lawyers & CPAs as soon as possible.
Individuals and businesses all over the world seek to avail themselves of the lowest possible tax rate. Several countries have intentionally positioned themselves as go-to locations for people who hope to minimize their tax liability. No matter where your account is held, our tax attorneys can help resolve any issues you have with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Here are some of the places that are popular tax havens for U.S. citizens in 2023:
Bahrain has become a popular tax haven for U.S. citizens. The country is very friendly to businesses, charging a corporate tax rate of only 0-10%. Furthermore, there is no personal income tax. It is easily apparent why this nation has become a preferred destination for those looking to minimize their tax burden.
Bermuda is another popular nation for offshore account holders. The government in Bermuda has established no personal or corporate income taxes. Additionally, there are no capital tax gains in Bermuda. Therefore, many businesses and individuals decide to relocate here.
The Cayman Islands are another place that offers a multitude of advantages for those looking to lower their tax burden. In the Cayman Islands, account holders will pay no personal income taxes, no corporate taxes, and no capital gains taxes. Further, the Cayman Islands are home to some of the world's largest banks and hedge funds. It is obvious why this British Overseas Territory has become a preferred tax haven.
Gibraltar is another British Overseas Territory that acts as an optimal tax haven. In Gibraltar there are no corporate income taxes, no inheritance taxes, and no capital gains taxes. Additionally, there are very low personal income tax rates ranging from 0% to 30% for high earners. If you have encountered an issue regarding reporting information on your bank account in Gibraltar, then our tax attorneys can help.
Guernsey is a channel island that provides several advantages for those pursuing lower tax rates. Account holders in Guernsey are subject to low personal income tax rates, no inheritance taxes, and no capital gains taxes. In conjunction with its status as an international finance center, Guernsey has become a preferred location for those seeking a tax haven for themselves or their businesses.
The Isle of Man also offers many advantages as a tax haven. Like Guernsey, the Isle of Man has established no capital gains taxes, no inheritance taxes, and low personal income tax rates. Still, what sets the Isle of Man apart is its thorough network of double taxation treaties which make the nation a preferred destination for businesses looking to minimize their tax burden.
If You Encounter an Issue Regarding FACTA Reporting for Your Foreign Bank Account, Our Attorneys Can Help
If you have a FACTA reporting issue regarding your foreign bank account, seek assistance from our experienced Dual-Licensed Tax Lawyers & CPAs by calling the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 to review your case.
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