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New survey shows how funds are preparing for CRS and FATCA

CRS and FATCA present similar but different compliance challenges

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During the third quarter of 2016, RSM and Hedge Fund Management Week (HFMWeek) surveyed chief operating officers (COOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) of leading hedge funds regarding how they intend to address compliance challenges associated with the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the new Common Reporting Standard (CRS).  FATCA, which became effective in 2010 with phased withholding starting in 2014, generally requires non-U.S. financial institutions to report information on U.S. persons holding income and assets in offshore accounts to the U.S. government and requires nonfinancial foreign entities to disclose information on their substantial U.S. owners or they will be subject to 30 percent withholding on certain payments received. CRS is the new global standard for the automatic exchange of financial information between participating jurisdictions that was developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Key findings discussed in the RSM and HFMWeek CRS/FATCA survey include:

The RSM and HFMWeek CRS/FATCA survey also spells out some key compliance planning issues funds should consider as they prepare for this significant compliance effort. The survey finds that respondents are more familiar with FATCA than CRS, yet while only 37 percent of respondents claim to be extremely familiar with CRS, 51 percent claim to be fully prepared or to have made significant progress toward preparing to comply. Learn the key questions your fund should be asking to be sure you are ready.

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