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Russian upper house approves banks reporting to IRS on US clients

June 25, 2014, 19:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The bill obliges the banks to inform Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service, The Federal Tax Service and the central bank about such clients and to notify them of receiving IRS requests
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MOSCOW, June 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Federation Council upper house on Wednesday approved a bill that orders local banks to transfer data on its American clients to the US Internal Revenue System (IRS) only with their consent.

The bill obliges the banks to inform Russia’s Federal Financial Monitoring Service, The Federal Tax Service and the central bank about such clients and to notify them of receiving IRS requests. The Federal Financial Monitoring Service can prohibit providing such information to the US.

Foreign banks located outside Russia will have to inform Russia’s Federal Tax Service about Russians’ accounts and deposits opened with them, according to the bill.

The bill was introduced provide legal conditions for the banks to comply with the US’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which will come in force on July 1. The FATCA obliges banks to send information about US clients and their transactions to the IRS to avoid tax frauds committed by US citizens.

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