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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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Benchmarking: Custodians

Ross McGill addresses the issues custodians face in regards to successfully benchmarking tax reclamations since so many factors affect the process.

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“Have I got a deal for you!” Models of the Custodian World

Ross McGill discusses the failings of current pricing models within the custodian world and how they affect the financial industry as a whole.

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QI vs NQI, That is the Question

In this post, Ross McGill discusses QI status vs NQI status and asks why so many financial firms are recommending that clients become QIs.

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  • 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 So what is the problem with FATCA and what might happen if the anti-FATCA movement succeed in getting it repealed?Read more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

  • Will AEoI be the new Equifax?

    What are the data security risks associated with the AEoI framework? In this post, Ross McGill explores some of the risks and issues a stark warning to the financial services industry.Read more

  • Why W8? – Start re-papering over the cracks now!

    QIs and NQIs face a rare opportunity to dramatically increase their W-8 compliance rate by re-papering all existing clients using the IRS' new W-8 forms. Find out how such a project could benefit your firm and why it could be worth it in the long run.Read more

  • 3 Things To Annoy You About W-8s and 3 Things You’ll Love

    The IRS just made three HUGE changes to W-8 series of self certification forms used by almost every financial institution across the globe to categorise their non-US customers, and there's a lot to love...Read more

  • Remember your New Reporting Obligations Under AEoI / CRS

    You're just getting over the initial FATCA and QI reporting, submitted all of your 1042-S forms, and now you're looking ahead to September and the deadline for all those 1042 forms. However, you may need to report under AEoI/CRS at the same time. Are you planning ahead to avoid this headache?Read more