What is FATCA for Expats?

FATCA is the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a law that affects expats in two ways. Firstly, it compels all foreign banks and investment firms to report their American account holders to the IRS or pay a tax when they trade in US markets.


FATCA also requires expats with over $200,000 in foreign financial assets to report them each year by filing form 8938 when they file their federal tax return. You can find information and news relating to FATCA updates in the articles below.

FATCA Filing Requirements for American Expats Abroad

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was signed into law in 2010 with the aim of cracking down on tax evasion to increase tax revenue following the financial crisis. FATCA contained two important measures that affect expats, a reporting requirement for expats who have financial assets abroad, and a reporting requirement for foreign banks […]

How Can US Expats Achieve FATCA Compliance?

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When expats from most countries leave their homeland to live abroad, unless they still have income from back home, they no longer have to file a tax return in their home country (though they may well have to file one in their host country, if they meet tax residency criteria there). Not so for Americans, […]

IRS Form 8938 – FATCA Reporting Requirements For US Expats

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All Americans, including expats, have to file a US tax return and report their worldwide income. All Americans are also liable to pay US taxes, even on foreign-earned income, however there are some exclusions and exemptions available that remove most US expats from ending up having to pay anything. Expats still have to file though […]

US Expat Taxes and FATCA – How to File Form 8938

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Under the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, also known as FATCA, Americans (including expats) with a certain value of foreign assets have to report them to the IRS each year by filing form 8938 along with their US income tax return. Who has to file? All Americans who are liable to file a US […]

Will FATCA be Repealed?

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What is FATCA? FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is a law introduced in 2010 to help prevent offshore tax evasion that requires foreign financial institutions to report their American account holders to the IRS, including contact details and account balances, and Americans with assets abroad that meet certain requirements to report them […]

FATCA Finally Came Into Effect his month

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FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was a law passed in 2010 as part of a federal post-2008 financial crisis drive to crack down on tax cheats hiding their money abroad. An unintended consequence though has been the government both snooping on and increasing the tax burden on the estimated 9 million ordinary Americans […]

FATCA – Everything Expats Need to Know

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FATCA is an acronym for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a law passed by Congress in 2010 to help crack down on tax evasion involving people keeping money offshore. The law came into effect on July 1st, 2014. FATCA has two aspects. It requires individuals with assets abroad worth over a certain value to […]

US Senator’s FATCA Challenge Thrown Out By Judge

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(The following article was first published over at iexpats.com). A judge has thrown out a case from a US senator leading a campaign against the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Senator Rand Paul and several other campaigners filed suits against government departments in a bid to derail the law that demands foreign banks […]