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.

Happiness is a FATCA Sandwich

happy expat

” … What this means to Americans living overseas is that gone are the days of living off the grid. If you’re not up to date with your required US tax filing and FATCA and FBAR reporting, very soon you will most probably be receiving greetings from the United States and the IRS … “ […]

What Is FATCA?


FATCA is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Under FATCA, certain U.S. taxpayers holding financial assets outside the United States must report those assets to the IRS. In addition, FATCA will require foreign financial institutions to report directly to the IRS certain information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, or by foreign entities in […]

Why for Many US Expats FATCA is the Last Straw

FATCA is the last straw

Suddenly, some expats are waking up in a cold sweat. They have always had to file tax returns and disclose foreign accounts on a form called the FBAR, although in practice many didn’t. But now Fatca means they have to be more rigorous or face huge fines, in the knowledge that the US authorities could […]