QI renewal deadline is fast approaching (31 March) and IRS publishes new FAQs regarding QDD application

QI Renewal Deadline

Qualified Intermediaries (QIs) that wish to renew their QI Agreements with an effective date of 1 January 2017 are reminded that the application for their renewal is due by 31 March 2017.  Renewing by 31 March 2017 will ensure that there is a seamless transition from the old QI agreement to the new 2017 QI Agreement.

The application must be submitted online through the new IRS QI Portal.

For more information about the application process and the use of the portal, please see our PwC Tax Insights publication.

New FAQs regarding QDD application

On 17 March 2017, the IRS published new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) that provide additional details regarding the completion of the application questions for QIs that wish to apply to be Qualified Derivative Dealers (“QDDs”) for 2017.  These FAQs are published on the FATCA FAQ website under the Qualified Intermediary heading.  There are a total of eleven FAQs (beginning with #10) posted by the IRS that answer a variety of questions regarding the completion of the application for QDD status.

QI’s that wish to be QDDs with an effective date of 1 January 2017 must submit their applications on or before 31 March 2017 through the online QI Portal.

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Christoph Schärer

Christoph Schärer
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Christoph is a member of the PwC international FATCA working group and co-leads the Swiss FATCA initiative. He has considerable FATCA tax project experience with a range of investment, cantonal, regional, retail and private banks, as well as with life insurance companies and banking service providers.