I.R.S. PUBLISHES 1ST F.F.I. LIST
On June 2, implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“F.A.T.C.A.”) reached another milestone. On that date, the I.R.S. published its first list of foreign financial institutions (“F.F.I.’s”) that have registered with the I.R.S. to show intent to comply with F.A.T.C.A. and have received a Global Intermediary Information Number (“G.I.I.N.”) to document that compliance. The I.R.S. list is important since U.S. withholding agents who are being asked by F.F.I.’s not to remit the 30% withholding tax imposed under F.A.T.C.A. must first obtain a G.I.I.N. from the F.F.I. and then confirm on the I.R.S. published list that the G.I.I.N. is accurate and in full force.
More than 77,000 F.F.I.’s appear on this first list and include foreign affiliates of some of the U.S.'s largest financial institutions. Among those financial institutions are Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Franklin Templeton.