FATCA Documentation for US-Based Trusts


Even though a trust may be established under the laws of a US state and have a US trust company serving as trustee (hereinafter a ‘US-based trust’), this does not mean that it is a US domestic trust for income tax purposes. If non-US persons make substantial decisions for the trust, the US-based trust will be classified as a foreign trust under US tax law. Regardless of whether the US-based trust is foreign or domestic, if it has accounts with financial institutions, it must provide certification of its status for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) purposes.

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