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FATCA e-alert issue 2014-35

FATCA e-alert issue 2014-35



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IRS updated instructions for Forms 1042-S, W-8BEN-E and user guide for FFI list search and download tool system

Update to instructions for Form 1042-S

On 3 November 2014, the IRS issued a release concerning recent FATCA-related updates to the instructions for Form 1042-S, Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding.


Updated instructions for Form W-8BEN-E, other instructions and supplemental guidance

Furthermore, the IRS announced the update of information for users of the instructions for Form W-8BEN-E (Rev. June 2014).

Monday’s IRS release notes the following updates to the instructions for Form W-8BEN-E and other instructions and guidance:

  • Updated information for users of the instructions for Form W-8BEN-E (Rev. June 2014)
  • Update to the instructions for the requester of Forms W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI, W-8EXP, and W-8IMY (Rev. July 2014)
  • Supplemental guidance for TY 2014 1099 filers


FFI list search and download tool system is updated

The IRS also released an updated version of a “user guide” concerning the foreign financial institution (FFI) list “search and download tool” system.

The search and download tool was previously released by the IRS in May 2014. According to a separate IRS release, the updates to the search and download tool system, as of 1 November 2014 include:

  • Updates to FI name field
  • An expanded length of FI name field—from 40 characters to 150 characters
  • An addition of allowed special characters—the FI name field can now accept brackets [ ], curly brackets { } and parentheses ( )

The FATCA FFI List Search and Download Tool [PDF 4.91 MB] has three main functions:

  • Download of the entire FFI list
  • Search the FFI list
  • Download a partial FFI list (the search results)

The IRS guide states that the search tool may be used when seeking to narrow down results by GIIN, financial institution name, and/or by country of FFI or branch.

The guide recommends downloading the entire FFI list if searching for multiple FIs and/or branches. Once downloaded, a search may then be conducted within the downloaded FFI list file.


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