Senate Votes to Amend Bill to Crack Down on Foreign Financial Institutions Aiding Tax Evasion

Senate Votes to Amend Bill to Crack Down on Foreign Financial Institutions Aiding Tax Evasion

On March 8, 2012, the Senate amended the surface transportation bill (S. 1813) to include provisions that would allow the United States Treasury to prohibit United States banks from honoring credit cards or accepting wire transfers from foreign banks that the Treasury considers to “significantly impede” United States tax enforcement. Under the bill, the Treasury’s new authority will be added to provisions already giving the Treasury similar authority to block money launderers.

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), signed into law in 2010, requires, in some circumstances, additional withholding obligations on payments made from the United States to non-compliant foreign financial institutions, and this senate bill may close the loop by covering the reverse, i.e. payments into the United States from non-compliant foreign financial institutions.

The final senate vote on the bill is expected to occur on March 13

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Roger Royse, the founder of the Royse Law Firm, works with companies ranging from newly formed tech startups to publicly traded multinationals in a variety of industries. Roger regularly advises on complex tax structuring, high stakes business negotiations and large international financial transactions. Practicing business and tax law since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms, as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Read My Full Bio

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