FATCA and Canadian Tax Regulations

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The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was signed into U.S. law in March 2010. Its aim is to prevent U.S. taxpayers from using accounts held outside of the U.S. to evade taxes.

On February 5, 2014, Canada and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement regarding FATCA. Under that agreement, Canada agreed to pass laws requiring financial institutions to report annually to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on specified accounts held in Canada by U.S. persons. The CRA will forward this reporting to the IRS under the provisions and safeguards of the Canada-U.S. Tax Convention.

What does this mean to Scotiabank and our customers?

The Scotiabank Group has always been committed to keeping clients' personal information accurate, confidential, secure, and private. Our response to Canadian tax regulations related to FATCA will be held to our standard of strict compliance with Canadian privacy laws, and our approach will reflect our longstanding commitment to client privacy and client service.

We expect Canadian tax regulations related to FATCA to have no impact on the vast majority of our clients. In any case where we determine that a specific personal or non-personal account may be affected by these laws, we will:

  • contact the account holder to explain why the account may be affected; and then
  • work with the client to ensure that the situation is handled correctly.

When does this come into effect?

Canadian tax regulations related to FATCA will come into effect in stages, beginning on July 1, 2014.

How can I stay informed?

You can find information on the Canada-U.S. intergovernmental agreement at these sites:

As well, you can find detailed information on FATCA at <www.irs.gov/FATCA>.

As information on new developments is released, we will keep you informed by posting updates on our website.

Need more information?

Click here to see answers to frequently asked questions about FATCA.

Correspondent banking
Click here for information on Scotiabank’s plans regarding FATCA compliance, our GIIN numbers, etc.

Additional helpful links
Information on the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Canada and the U.S. can be found here.

You can find detailed information on FATCA at www.irs.gov/FATCA.

If you have questions or concerns that may be shared by other Scotiabank clients, send them to FATCA@scotiabank.com. We will incorporate any that are of general interest into future updates to this FATCA page, along with our response.