When the IRS Says It’ll ‘Meet You in Paris’: Recent Trends & Developments in Outbound US Exchange-of-Information Techniques

By on October 3, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for your international tax data—that is, if the IRS doesn’t already have it. With the rollout of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and other automatic exchange-of-information (EOI) procedures, the IRS is now receiving—and making use of—a large amount of international tax information about US taxpayers. In an article recently published in Tax Executive magazine, Laura Gavioli outlines the major ways the IRS is seeking international tax information, including treaty requests, MLATs, and letters of request. The article also offers a number of best practices in dealing with these requests and common defenses to them—all with the goal of making your next international tax information request go smoothly.

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