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Do You Need A Degree To Get Into Financial Services?

Do you need a degree to get into financial services? In this post, Ross McGill gives his perspective on the issue of qualifications and career progression within the sector and how to make it in financial services.

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Joining the Compliance Dots: Periodic Reviews

FATCA due diligence deadlines are starting to pass so it is time to breath a big sigh of relief. Well, no. In this post, Ross McGill explains the FACTA control and oversight system and why Responsible Officers should be considering interim period reviews.

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  • CorpActions2018 (London)

    TConsult's chairman, Ross McGill, will be appearing as a panelist at CorpActions2018 in London on Wednesday 3rd October alongside Mariano Giralt from BNY Mellon and Paola Deantoni from SG Securities Services to discuss tax and reporting, including inefficient withholding tax collection procedures, communication flow issues across cross-border capital markets, tax evasion regulation, where the responsibility for failures lies, and entitlements.Read more

  • Tax Congress for Financial Institutions (London)

    TConsult's chairman, Ross McGill, will be appearing as a panelist at the Tax Congress for Financial Institutions in London on Wednesday 19th September alongside Peter Grant from KPMG and Kevin Custis from Rathbones to discuss KYC, AML, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion in the Digital Age.Read more

  • FATCA Failures: Holistic compliance or just full of holes?

    In the last eighteen months we’ve conducted compliance reviews in five countries on twelve Tier 2 and Tier 3 financial institutions. In this post, we unpick the strategies we have seen firms use to approach their QI and FATCA obligations, and highlight the problems we have observed when firms fail to take a holistic approach to compliance.Read more

  • Your ‘Bible’ to Compliance

    The road to compliance is never ending and the IRS have certainly given us some interesting scenery to admire as we traverse the QI regulatory landscape. In this post we discuss the importance of a living compliance program, and highlight some of the IRS announcements that need to be reflected in your policies and procedures if you want to remain fully compliant.Read more

  • Validating W-8 Forms: Cultivating an Eye for Detail

    We are often asked what constitutes a consequential or an inconsequential error when validating a W-8 form. Some errors are obviously consequential, but what happens if an error appears relatively trivial, such as an incorrect date format? In this post, we explore how you can assess the risks involved and make a judgement about whether to reject or validate a W-8 form.Read more

  • I speak English, French and FATCA

    Acronyms have two main uses: to facilitate efficient communication between professionals within a given discipline where the long form of technical terms would be unwieldy, and to create a barrier to communication - a secret language that you can only understand if you are within the profession. In this post, Ross McGill gives a quick guide to the acronyms of FATCA.Read more

  • GATCA: A Practical Guide to Global Anti-Tax Evasion Frameworks

    TConsult's subject matter experts Ross McGill, Chris Haye and Stuart Lipo have written a new book providing a practical guide to global anti-tax evasion frameworks. In this post, Stuart describes the context for the book...Read more

  • Are FATCA’s Dissenters Tilting at Windmills?

    Like Don Quixote, FATCA’s dissenters may have misidentified their enemy. So what is the problem with FATCA and what might happen if the anti-FATCA movement succeed in getting it repealed?Read more

  • The Challenges of GATCA

    The global anti-tax evasion frameworks that comprise GATCA have as many commonalities as they have differences, so it makes sense to approach regulatory compliance in a holistic fashion. In this post, we explore how smaller firms are responding to the pressures of compliance...Read more

  • FATCA Misconceptions

    For some within the industry, the mere mention of ‘FATCA’ is enough to spark compliance-nightmare flashbacks. The ever unpopular FATCA regulations have now been with us for seven years. But, despite its relative longevity, there are a surprising number of misconceptions surrounding FATCA....Read more