Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA
FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) is a United States law that was enacted on 18 March 2014 and entered into force on 1 July 2014. The purpose of FATCA is to prevent tax evasion of U.S. taxpayers who hold financial assets outside the U.S. through the introduction of a reporting regime for financial institutions with respect to such assets.
FATCA requires that non-U.S. financial institutions identify U.S. financial account holders and entities controlled by U.S. taxpayers, and to report on the financial assets of such entities.
Financial institutions that do not participate in the FATCA regime will be subject to a special FATCA tax of 30 per cent on all taxable payments from the U.S., regardless of whether the recipient of such payment is the financial institution itself or its client.
In order to remove domestic legal impediments to compliance, the U.S. Treasury Department has collaborated with foreign governments to develop Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) for FATCA implementation in several forms.
The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the United States of America to Improve International Tax Compliance and to Implement FATCA was signed on 2 June 2014. The Agreement follows IGA Model 1, including reciprocity in the exchange of information between the countries, and sets out the obligations of Slovenian financial institutions and the Tax Administration of the Republic of Slovenia regarding the implementation of FATCA.
In accordance with the Agreement, the Sava Re Group insurers authorised to transact life insurance business (Zavarovalnica Sava, d.d., Sava osiguranje, d.d. – Croatian branch, Sava životno osiguranje, d.d. and Illyria Life, sh.a .) registered with the U.S. tax authorities to obtain relevant FATCA status.
Sava Re, d.d., the parent company of the Sava Re Group, has not registered with the IRS as under the rules of the Agreement, it is a "non-financial foreign institution" (NFFI).
Zavarovalnica Sava, d.d. will act as a lead financial institution for FATCA relevant members of the Sava Re Group for the implementation of FATCA rules and registration with the IRS:
|FATCA relevant members of the Sava Re Group (name registered with the IRS)||Type of registration||GIIN or FATCA status||Country|
|Zavarovalnica Sava, d.d.||Registered Deemed Compliant Financial Institution, including reporting institutions under the 1 IGA model||54YL9X.00000.LE.705||Slovenia|
Sava osiguranje – Croatian branch
|Registered Deemed Compliant Financial Institution, including reporting institutions under the 1 IGA model||54YL9X.00000.BR.191||Croatia|
|Illyria life, sh. a.||Registered Deemed Compliant Financial Institution, including reporting institutions under the 1 IGA model||54YL9X.00003.ME.999||Kosovo|
|Sava zivotno osiguranje, a.d.||54YL9X.00004.ME.688||Serbia|
The operations of the Sava Re Group are FATCA compliant and the individual Sava Re Group members have been implementing FATCA requirements since 1 July 2014. Individual Sava Re Group members offer neither legal nor tax advice on U.S. taxation nor services regarding tax obligations of persons in the United States of America.
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