Grenada And USA Reach Agreement On FATCA

FATCA

The Government of Grenada has reached an agreement with the United States on the terms of an Inter-Governmental Agreement under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, that provides for Financial Institutions in Grenada to report to the US Internal Revenue Service any US Taxpayer who has in excess of US$50,000 with the institution.

On 18 March, 2010, the US Government enacted FATCA to combat tax evasion by specified US citizens holding investments in accounts outside of the United States, specifically as it relates to US-sourced income.

FATCA requires Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to report to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), information on assets of US$50,000 or more held by US taxpayers, or by foreign entities in which US taxpayers hold substantial ownership interest.

On 16 June, 2014, Grenada successfully completed the negotiation of a Model 1 Inter-Government Agreement to enable FATCA compliance. This model requires financial institutions to submit customer information to the Inland Revenue Department for onward submission to the IRS.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance said that Grenada intends to have legislatures approve the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance (United States) Implementation and Enforcement Bill,” to provide for the legal submission of customer information for the purposes of FATCA.

The statement said that failure of a FFI to submit information could result in a 30% withholding tax levied on specific income originating from sources in the US and may result in the potential loss of correspondent banking relationships. As such, government is committed to ensuring that the required structures are in place to facilitate the requirements of FATCA while preventing the imposition of the withholding tax on the local financial institutions, the government release said.

By Linda Straker 

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