Update – American Belgians risk losing their Belgian bank account
As stated in our newsflash of 23 August 2019, Belgians with the American nationality risk losing their Belgian bank accounts because of the strict application of the U.S. FATCA-legislation. In reply to a recent parliamentary question, the Minister of Finance provided further input on this matter going forward. Accidental Americans In application of the Foreign
American Belgians risk losing their Belgian bank account in 2020
As recently communicated in the Belgian media, Belgians with the American nationality risk losing their Belgian bank accounts because of the strict application of the U.S. FATCA-legislation. FATCA In application of the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which is also applicable in relation to U.S. citizens residing in Belgium, financial institutions outside the U.S.
Financial Sector Contribution: (proposed) rates increases
On 26 November, the Belgian Government introduced a bill of law comprising, already, some changes to the brand-new Financial Sector Contribution (FSC) introduced by the Act of 10 August 2015. As a reminder, the FSC is the result of the multiplication of three factors: “FSC = Qualifying Liabilities x FSC Rate x NID Rate”. It
FATCA – Belgian draft Guidance Notes published
The Federal Public Department of Finance has released the Belgian FATCA Guidance Notes in draft format. For more information about the draft, you can read the 138-page text here: http://finances.belgium.be/fr/binaries/2015-04-belgian-guidance-notes-draft_tcm307-266568.pdf Additional information about the implementation of FATCA in Belgium can be found on the Federal Public Department of Finance’s website: http://finances.belgium.be/fr/E-services/fatca/. Belgian contacts: Stéphane Martin
Customer and Investor Tax Transparency – Updates on Tax Transparency and Exchange of Information
Updates highlighted in this issue IRS Releases Revised Publication on FATCA Data Exchange Service with Testing Sessions now available FATCA IDES Sample Test Packet Form 1042-S instructions have been released Bulgaria approves IGA (signed 5 December 2014) Jersey draft guidance Jersey’s statement on tax transparency Poland will participate in the implementation of FATCA Luxembourg draft
IRS issues Final Regulations with respect to foreign financial assets (Form 8938)
The Final rules do not significantly alter previous guidance On December 12, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations implementing Section 6038D, which requires individuals to report interests in specified foreign financial assets (SFFAs) using Form 8938, Statement of Foreign Specified Assets when filing their
Good faith transitional relief under FATCA provided by US Treasury and IRS
On May 2, 2014, the US Treasury Department (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Notice 2014-33 (the Notice) that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will be regarded as a transition period for IRS enforcement and administration purposes with respect to the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA or Chapter 4).
Belgium and the US sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement
On 23 April 2014, Minister of Finance, Koen Geens and US Ambassador, Mark Storella signed the long awaited bilateral Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) intended to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The IGA will provide needed clarity around the implementation of FATCA for the Financial Institutions (FIs) resident in Belgium and those with branches