On April 17, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (T.D. 9584) regarding the reporting to the IRS of U.S. bank deposit interest earned by nonresident aliens. These regulations, which go into effect January 1, 2013, are consistent with the recent trend by the IRS to gather more tax-related information that it can exchange with other jurisdictions.
Nonresident alien individuals are generally not subject to U.S. taxation on interest income from deposits maintained at U.S. offices of certain financial institutions (U.S. bank deposit interest) unless the interest is "effectively connected" with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business. These financial institutions include banks and certain savings institutions and insurance companies.
The new regulations do not change the way the interest income of nonresident alien individuals is taxed--they affect only the reporting to the IRS of U.S. bank deposit interest earned by these individuals. Whereas such interest was previously not reported to the IRS, the new regulations now require U.S. financial institutions to report annually to the IRS any U.S. bank deposit interest earned by nonresident aliens beginning January 1, 2013.
The regulations apply only to nonresident alien individuals who are residents of the 80 countries that have tax information sharing agreements with the United States, as listed in Rev. Proc. 2012-24, also issued on April 17.
The revenue procedure divides the listing into two categories. In the first category are countries to which the United States is not obligated to, but may, provide the information obtained as a result of the new regulations. In evaluating whether to provide these countries with such information, the IRS will evaluate the requesting country's current practices with respect to information confidentiality and then require the requesting country both to explain how it intends to use that information and to justify how that information is pertinent to the intended permitted use.
In the second category is one country--Canada--with which the United States has already entered into an agreement to exchange deposit interest information automatically. Though only Canada currently has an automatic information exchange agreement in place, the U.S. Treasury Department announced in February that it is currently negotiating similar agreements with France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
On January 24, Warren Whitaker will speak on "Pre-Immigration Planning Before a Move to the U.S." and "Canadian-U.S. Estate Planning" at the 6th Annual STEP Orange County Institute on Tax, Estate Planning and the Economy in Newport Beach, CA, presented in collaboration with the UCLA School of Law.
On January 23, Warren Whitaker will speak at a lunch meeting of the STEP San Diego chapter on "Coming to the U.S.: What You and Your Clients Need to Know."
On January 11, Dina Kapur Sanna spoke as part of a panel on "International Recent Developments" at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, organized by the University of Miami.
Dina Kapur Sanna and Carl Merino co-authored an article, "New Filing Requirements for Foreign-Owned Disregarded Entities," for Trusts & Estates Magazine.
Carl Merino co-authored an article, "Tax Planning for Foreign Couples Buying U.S. Homes: Ownership Through Foreign and Domestic Trusts," for Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report.
Tina Albright was mentioned in an article, "On the Move," in the New York Law Journal. Albright recently joined Day Pitney as a partner in its Trusts and Estates practice.
Tina Albright was mentioned in an article, "Career Tracker: Lawyers on the move," in Reuters. Albright recently joined Day Pitney as partner in the firm's trusts and estates practice in New York.
New York- May 9, 2016 - Day Pitney LLP announced today that Tina Albright has joined the firm as a partner in the Trusts and Estates Practice in the New York office. She joins from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.
New York, NY; March 23, 2016 - Six partners in Day Pitney's International Trusts and Estates and Energy practices received recognition in Chambers Global 2016. Chambers Global covers over 190 countries across the world and also includes Region-wide and Global-wide sections.
Barbara Freedman Wand was mentioned in an article, "People on the Move," in The Boston Business Journal. Wand was recently elected as a member to Day Pitney's Executive Board, which provides guidance to the Executive Committee and serves as a liaison to the firm's partners.