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Deadline for FATCA FFI agreement quietly extended

FATCA FFI decline extended

Accounting industry sources have flagged up the fact that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is now stating that the deadline for FFI Agreements to be renewed is October 24, 2017.

This is the new date by when foreign financial institutions located outside of the US , that wish to remain compliant with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – thus retaining their GIIN (Global Intermediary Identification Number) – are obliged to update their FFI Agreement.

Airlifted from Mauritius

Airlifted from Mauritius

In April 2016, an expat family in Mauritius faced every parent’s worst nightmare when a bad headache soon proved to be a lot more sinister for their 10 year old daughter.

Jamie Copsey and his wife Olivia live on Mauritius with their children Patrick, Matilda (Tilly) and Ferguson.

ReDev Properties announce unconditional sale of Daly Grove Centre

Another successful ReDev Plaza project sold in 2017

TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2017 /CNW/ – Richard Crenian, President of ReDev Properties Ltd., is pleased to announce the unconditional agreement to sell Daly Grove Centre located at 4205-4259 23rd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. CBRE, Edmonton was engaged as the broker for the vendor.

Pensions battleground in divorce cases

Pension assets become battleground in divorce cases

Court orders to split a couple's pensions in the case of a divorce are on the rise, with lawyers seeing a 43 per cent increase in the last year.

Rising asset values make it increasingly attractive for divorcees to seek a share of their spouse’s pension, according to law firm Collyer Bristow.

The number of pension sharing orders, which are issued by courts to divide a pension following a divorce, rose to 11,503, up from 8,027 in 2015/16 - This is despite a 3 per cent fall in divorces in the UK.

5 common mistakes UK expats make with domicile & tax

Misunderstandings persist around issues of domicile - IHT - Wills & tax

British expats still have some crucial misunderstandings about their domicile status and tax position that could leave them and their loved ones financially exposed and even land them in trouble with HM Revenue & Customs, warns Rachael Griffin at Old Mutual Wealth.

The research from Old Mutual International shows that a lack of knowledge can lead to unexpected consequences.

"Inheritance tax will be a concern for many UK expats and appropriate planning needs to be in place to mitigate any on-going liability.”

Fast approaching tax deadline for South African expats

D-Day is looming for South African tax payers

Taxpayers in South Africa have less than a month to come clean and regularise any undisclosed or unauthorised foreign assets or income before the country’s Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) ends on 31 August.

The amnesty is scheduled to end just as the global transparency initiative, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), is introduced.

From September, South Africa will start receiving third party financial data from other tax authorities on a regular basis, meaning that time is running out for South Africans to come clean on any undeclared assets they have offshore.

How costly is an accident abroad ?

Accident costs abroad can be quite staggering

If you're weighing up whether it’s worth covering yourself with travel insurance next time you head overseas, some newly released figures from InsureandGo may make that decision easier for you.

Claims data has revealed its top three most expensive Australian claims over the past year for accidents abroad to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Retirement before age 70 'unaffordable' for one in 12

1 in 12 pensioners delaying retirement due to lack of funds

More than half of those planning to retire this year will consider working past the state pension age, with many saying they can not afford to stop work, research from Prudential has suggested.

The group’s annual research found that ‘pretirement’, where people gradually scale back work or change jobs rather than stop working completely, is increasingly common among people of retirement age.

About one in 12 people said they were delaying retirement because they could not afford it, and thought they would not be able to stop working before the age of 70.

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