The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted by the United States (US) Congress in March 2010 to improve compliance with US tax laws.
FATCA imposes certain due diligence and reporting obligations on foreign (non-US) financial institutions, including Australian institutions. These institutions will be required to report information on US citizens with financial accounts to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has developed a new series of optional codes to populate the account holder’s US taxpayer identification number (TIN) where a TIN is not available. To cater for this change, we have extended the deadline for submitting 2020 reporting year FATCA reports to 31 August 2021.
Find out more on our FATCA reporting page.
For the 2020 reporting year and onwards, a new validation rule will be added requiring the tax resident country code to be supplied for account holders that are entities.
Requirements for the reporting of account holder US TINs for the 2020 reporting year onwards have been updated.
For more information, refer to:
- Automatic exchange of information guidance – CRS and FATCAExternal link
- FATCA XML form 8966 schema v2.0
- FATCA Reporters pageExternal link
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website
- Foreign Account Tax Compliance ActExternal link
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - FATCA Registration SystemExternal link
- FATCA XML Schemas and Business Rules for Form 8966External link
US Department of Treasury website
Australian Treasury website
- Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA (PDF, 286.70KB)External link
Parliament of Australia website
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