The Mexican government recently signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) agreement with the United States thereby becoming the third country to do so.
On November 19, 2012, in Washington, the Mexican Undersecretary of Revenue, José Antonio González Anaya, and the United States Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, Mark J. Mazur, signed a government-to-government agreement for the bilateral implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
A government-to-government agreement, as signed between the US and Mexico, does not contain any exemption from FATCA, but, instead, a model for information sharing is offered based on existing bilateral tax treaties and allowing FFIs to report the necessary information to their respective governments rather than to the Internal Revenue Service.
The FATCA agreement has taken two years to negotiate between the two governments, and, while a copy has not yet been released, is said to be a significant improvement in the mechanisms for the exchange of banking and other financial information between the two countries.
In addition, after the signing of the agreement, the Mexican government believes that it is placed amongst the countries with the best practices for the exchange of information, as driven by the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development and the G20.
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