Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

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The United States enforces with "The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act" (FATCA) persons taxable under US laws to file annual reports on their none US accounts to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN).

The law requires from all non-U.S. (foreign) financial institutions (FFI's) to identify and report accounts of US persons to FINCEN.

FATCA Priciples Explained

FATCA reaches out to the bank accounts and financial institutions in the widest possible sense and is NOT limited to US citizen and international banks.

Banks have to screen ALL their customers on indicators of US links and required FATCA reporting.

FATCA - Personal Account Criteria

Any of the following criteria may indicate accounts as US linked and therefor trigger additional reviews and potential reporting:

US Citizenship

US Passport

US residency or citizenship


US Address

US address linked to an account


US Born

US place of birth


US based PoA

US based power of attorney or authorized signatory

Money Transfer

US transfers

Regular transfers to the US or from a US address

US Postbox


"Care of", "hold mail", PO address only linked to the account

All indicators above will require a detailed analysis by the financial institution under full cooperation of the accounts holder.

FATCA - Artifical Persons or Entities

Corporation, Trusts, Financial Institutions

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US based

All legal entities already registered under US law


US Trust

Trust incorporated in the US

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US shareholder

> 10% US based shareholder