FATCA Reporting Under Assault in U.S. House Legislation

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By Alison Bennett

Sept. 7 — Foreign banks now required to turn over information on U.S.-owned accounts to the IRS would get a break under legislation proposed by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Announced Sept. 7, the bill ( H.R. 5935) would repeal the heart of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a major part of U.S. efforts to combat global tax avoidance. Long the target of controversy, FATCA requires overseas banks to tell the Internal Revenue Service about these accounts or face a potential 30 percent withholding tax on their U.S.-source income.

The law “goes well beyond what is appropriate” and violates U.S. citizens' constitutional right to privacy under the Fourth Amendment, Meadows said in a news release Sept. 7. FATCA also creates “unnecessary burdens,” he said.

Similar to Paul's Bill

The release said the new bill is similar to the effort to eviscerate FATCA (S. 887) made by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in 2013

While Paul's attack on FATCA drew considerable attention and some support from conservative groups, it never reached the Senate floor.

The Meadows proposal has two original co-sponsors—Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.).

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Cheryl Saenz at csaenz@bna.com

For More Information

Text of H.R. 5935 can be found at http://src.bna.com/inD.

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