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10 Dec
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Can The IRS Revoke Your Passport Under FAST Act?

It’s official. The IRS can now revoke your passport if you owe them US$50,000 or more. The new law was tucked away in a new highway bill dubbed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act) that was signed by President Obama last week. What better way to get a contentious, potentially civil rights-violating bill […]

20 Jul
Offshore Banking in Andorra

Can One Bad Apple Bring Down Offshore Banking In Andorra?

Five years ago, when the U.S. FATCA law had just been passed and the effects it would have on non-U.S. banks were a hot topic for speculation, a banker I knew from Andorra made a remark to me along the lines of: “We’ll all go back to goat herding before we roll over for the […]

28 May
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Aggressive Anti-Money-Laundering Efforts Make Offshore Banking More Challenging

I’ve been reporting on the coming of FATCA for eight years. That’s old news. FATCA has arrived. It’s a reality of today’s offshore world. Banks have decided or are in the process of deciding which path they’ll follow toward compliance. Either they’ll continue to work with American clients and meet all the reporting requirements… or […]

11 Sep
Know Your Client Rules And Requirements Around The World

Know Your Client Rules And Requirements Around The World

The unintended consequences of FATCA and the overreach of the U.S. government and the IRS have started playing out around the world. In the last week, I’ve heard from a half-dozen people with “know your client” tales of woe. Indeed, I have my own. Let’s start with the know-your-client form that the homeowner’s insurance company […]

21 Nov
FATCA Banking Regulations

Offshore Banking Regulation

“’Knock three times and ask for Roscoe.’ “That’s what offshore banking used to be,” Peter Zipper, an offshore banker with more than three decades of experience, explained this morning to the crowd attending this week’s Offshore Summit. “But those days are over,” Peter continued.

20 Jun
What FATCA Means For The Global Banking Industry

What FATCA Means For The Global Banking Industry

FATCA Facts FATCA has been one of the regular topics of discussion at the Wealth Retreat I'm hosting at Buenaventura in Panama this week. FATCA has confused, irritated, and scared Americans since it first came out as the offset provision for the HIRE Act in 2010. We joked that the only jobs created by the [...]