Ernst & Young Launches Online FATCA Resources

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Ernst & Young’s new website helps global financial institutions prepare for the challenges and requirements of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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FATCA is a business issue – not simply a tax issue. By acting now, firms can minimize their costs, impact on clients, and disruption of regular business activities.

Ernst & Young has launched a new website to assist financial institutions in complying with the new US tax regime under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The website features an interactive FATCA timeline, an overview of Ernst & Young’s online FATCA assessment tools, as well as other resources to help global financial institutions prepare to meet the withholding and reporting requirements effective January 1, 2013.

The FATCA website – available at – features an interactive timeline through 2016 that highlights key regulatory and reporting dates, as well as guidance from Ernst & Young professionals on how to prepare for FATCA’s implementation.

The site also includes an overview of its custom diagnostic tools that financial institutions can use to help understand the scope and impact of FATCA on their organizations, as well as the recommended steps required to meet the statute’s requirements. These tools include:

  • FATCA online survey tool to reduce overall assessment time and identify priorities to focus on and shorten the compliance timeline.
  • FATCA decision tree tool to navigate FATCA legislation, such as classifying legal entities and categorizing customers.
  • FATCA data classification tool to quickly categorize and provide visual analysis of large volumes of both legal entity and customer data.

“FATCA will have a far-reaching impact on US companies and foreign companies with US assets or clients,” said Steve Beattie, principal, Ernst & Young LLP – Financial Services Office. “FATCA is a business issue – not simply a tax issue. By acting now, firms can minimize their costs, impact on clients, and disruption of regular business activities.”

Watch video of Ernst & Young’s Steve Beattie discussing key insights and considerations for meeting FATCA requirements

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