IRS Issues Reminder to Foreign Financial Institutions Regarding FATCA Registration Status

September 18, 2017 Paul Ogawa

The IRS recently published a reminder to foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to renew their FFI agreements. In IR-2017-153, the IRS warns FFIs that if they do not complete their renewal of their FFI agreement by October 24, 2017, they will be treated as having terminated their FFI agreement as of January 1, 2017. This means any institutions who have failed to renew will be removed from the November FFI list, and subject to a 30% tax on certain U.S. source payments.

Please note that the FATCA FFI Registration System has been updated to include the ability for FFIs to renew their agreements with the IRS.

About the Author

Paul Ogawa is a Junior Regulatory Counsel at Sovos Compliance. As part of the Regulatory Analysis team, his main areas of focus are state and federal tax withholding, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Canadian tax information reporting. Prior to Sovos, Paul worked as a litigation attorney in Boston area law firms, representing clients in insurance subrogation claims, family law matters, and employment disputes. Paul is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, earned his B.A. from Brandeis University and his J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School.

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