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Asian mutual and hedge funds unite against Fatca

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – At least six investment industry associations in Asia have bonded together to put up a united stand against the implementation of the controversial Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca) to be implemented by the U.S. The group are up in arms against the far-reaching effect of the tax rules set for implementation in 2014.

According to a report by Asian Investor, the six investment industry associations are: Association of Mutual Funds in India, Federation of Investment Managers (Malaysia), Financial Services Council (Australia), Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, Investment Management Association of Singapore and Securities Investment Trust & Consulting Association (Taiwan).

Hong Kong Investment Funds Association CEO Sally Wong noted that the unprecedented move is the first time that the industry bodies have bonded together to go against a proposed regulation. The joint comment that was submitted to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reads, "Fatca is an attempt by the US to unilaterally super-impose its tax system – arguably the most complex regime in the world – on all of the world’s financial institutions." Also given a copy of the comment is Douglas Schulman, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the report, the Asian investment industry associations have called for the repeal of Fa......................

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