According to Tseng, the agreement is not a full tax treaty, but rather a model under the treaty to exchange tax information.
Tseng said he was given the final copy of the IGA in person on Nov. 3. The U.S.' request for tax compliance under FATCA includes China and 100 others countries and is not limited to Taiwan, said Tseng.
Tseng said those who evade taxes using foreign bank accounts will be taxed 30 percent on their future American income or have their accounts closed.
Having a foreign account not registered
with the U.S.
will no longer be possible.
Chang said although he was not able to negotiate a tax treaty with America, he is satisfied with the U.S.' willingness to start a system for exchanging tax information.
According to Chang, banks providing the U.S. with a customer's personal information violate Article 48 of the Taiwan Banking Law. Therefore, along with the recently signed IGA, Article 48 will be sent to the Legislative Yuan for review.
DPP Legislators Hsu Tain-tsair and Wu Ping-jui said that the MOF needs to declare within three months an estimate of how much the U.S. will gain from the taxes received through Taiwan accounts.
Chang responded by saying that currently the banks will only be providing the account holder's nationality to the U.S. and not the amounts. Chan said the U.S. will only be assessing those accounts that deliberately evade filing their American taxes.
Tseng said President Ma Ying-jeo is not an owner of any of the 4,273 Taiwanese bank accounts of U.S. citizens or green-card holders.
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