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Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Warns Industry to be Braced for Further FATCA and GATCA Complexity

Complexity of regulations means first adopters will gain competitive advantage, newly released white paper notes

The banking industry should be braced for further complexity when it comes to the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the looming Global FATCA (GATCA). And those institutions that move more quickly to implement technology solutions to meet external compliance requirements and generate greater internal transparency stand to gain competitive advantage. That’s according to a new white paper from Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, titled “From FATCA to GATCA: Bracing for the Next Wave of Compliance.” FACTA requires foreign financial institutions to provide reports on U.S. clients to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Meanwhile, GATCA, known officially as the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI), seeks a global standard for sharing tax-related data among institutions and the revenue authorities of different jurisdictions. The ultimate aim is to prevent tax evasion, with more than 60 countries committed to adoption by 2017 or 2018.

The FATCA and GATCA frameworks have enough in common that a united approach by banks to both, particularly in terms of technology, should be considered not just advisable, but essential, the white paper notes. Such an approach can go a long way towards relieving institutions of any unnecessary complexity, maximizing efficiencies in both GATCA and FATCA implementation plans.

“GATCA uses FATCA as a template for documentation, reporting and intergovernmental agreements; from the design perspective, there is a clear overlap,” notes Wouter Delbaere, Regulatory Reporting specialist at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services and author of the white paper. “The key design traits of a future-proof FATCA and GATCA-ready solution include a centralized information technology architecture capable of bringing together relevant data from the systems, platforms and models scattered throughout the organization. It should also be capable of incorporating automated and manual enrichments to ensure data quality and compliance with shifting regulations.”

Though seemingly onerous, the increased transparency GATCA brings to financial institutions’ client database and operations can prove to be a competitive advantage for them, says Delbaere. “By reducing regulatory risk and increasing the visibility and use of information by management, this heightened transparency can only enhance strategic decision-making,” he adds. “The best-positioned financial institutions will be those that upgrade their existing technology infrastructure to collect and report the additional information required by regulators under GATCA, while simultaneously consolidating and centralizing this information.”

About Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides customers worldwide with risk management, compliance, finance and audit solutions that help them successfully navigate regulatory complexity, optimize risk and financial performance, and manage data to support critical decisions. With more than 30 offices in 20 countries, our prominent brands include:
AppOne®, AuthenticWeb™, Bankers Systems®, Capital Changes, CASH Suite™, GainsKeeper®, NILS®, OneSumX®, TeamMate®, Uniform Forms™, VMP® Mortgage Solutions and Wiz®. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is part of Wolters Kluwer, which had 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion ($4.9 billion), employs 19,000 employees worldwide, and maintains operations in over 170 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.