The widespread reach of FATCA: How will it affect your business?

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05/30/2013 by Financial services
The widespread reach of FATCA: How will it affect your business?

At a glance

Understanding its impact and the path forward for nonfinancial multinational businesses.

FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was enacted in 2010 to prevent and detect offshore tax evasion. Based on the name and a quick reading of the rules, FATCA seems to be directed at financial institutions. So, many global companies outside the financial services industry mistakenly believe that they are not affected. However, upon closer review, many realize the surprising fact that they have entities in their worldwide network falling under the purview of FATCA, or have operational areas that make or receive payments subject to FATCA.