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FATCA reporting starts on March 31 for Model 2 IGAs and some Hong Kong institutions are not ready

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Reports that the US Internal Revenue Service suspects Asian jurisdictions including Hong Kong and Singapore of making tax evasion easier has caused concern in the market, especially amid allegations that banks around the world have been helping clients evade tax. This concern has been heightened because under the terms of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Hong Kong financial institutions are due to begin reporting to the IRS from March 31.

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