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Utama / Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
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Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

IRBM FATCA Entity ID - 000000.00000.TA.458

Important Announcement

Revised Guidance Related to Obtaining and Reporting Taxpayer Identification Numbers
and Dates of Birth by Financial Institutions – Notice 2017-46

This guidance basically describes procedures with which foreign financial institutions (FFIs) must comply to avoid the IRS determining that there is significant noncompliance with a Model 1 IGA in failure to obtain and report the US TIN; provided that the reporting Model 1 FFI:

a. Obtain and report the date of birth of each account holder and controlling person whose US TIN is not reported.
b. Request annually from each account holder any missing required US TIN
c. Search electronically any searchable data maintained by the reporting Model 1 FFI for any missing required US TINs.

IDES Testing

The IRS has deploy an update to the ICMM reflecting the changes made by the Notice 2017-46. Please be alert:

a. For records meeting the requirements of Notice 2017-46 but not containing US TINs, Model 1 IGA partners may insert nine capital letter A (i.e. AAAAAAAAA) in the TIN field for the Account Holder and Controlling Person. This will avoid the automatic generation and transmission by the ICMM or any error notifications.
b. The ICMM will continue to generate error notifications where the TIN field is left blank or when the TIN field includes nine zeroes (i.e. 000000000).

Please make sure to create an email group consist of IT & Non-IT personnel whom involved in FATCA and to use that email in the metadata file. This is to make sure that should there be any error message arises from FATCA packet transmission, it will be understood by everyone involved.

The Implementation of Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA) in Malaysia

The US Treasury through their letter dated 25th April 2017 has agreed that Malaysia remains on the Treasury IGA list and continues to be treated as if it has an IGA in effect.

The date for submitting the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 reportable information and NIL Returns under FATCA to IRBM has been tentatively deferred to 30 June 2019.


New! FATCA Notification XML Schema v2.3

The IRS updated the FATCA Notification XML Schema v2.3 to include new file and record level error notification codes for Nil Reports and FATCA XML Schema v2.0. The notification schema will be effective in January 2017. For more information on the Notification XML schema v2.3 and samples, go to the IDES Schema web page.

Updated! IDES Testing Session December 2017 – January 2018

The FATCA International Data Exchange Service (IDES) is now open for testing. The test period extends through Friday, January 26 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT. The test environment may be accessed at https://wwwpse.idesgateway.com. You may log in using the same credentials used for production.

The test session will be open to the users who have completed IDES enrolment by Thursday, 14 December 2017. If you enroll after the end of the enrollment period, you cannot participate in this test session. The test environment will only support the FATCA XML Schema v2.0 and Notification XML Schema v2.3.

Before you begin:

  • Review the revised IDES User Guide, Metadata XML Schema Guide, data preparation instructions, sample test packet and user tips.

  • Make sure your e-mail system will accept e-mails from the idesgateway.com and ides-support.com domains.

  • Verify that your alert preferences settings on the IDES enrollment site are configured to receive alerts on all transmissions. Improper settings may result in failure to receive IDES Alerts and Notification errors.

For more information, visit the IDES Testing Schedule web page.


  • Beginning January 2017, the FATCA XML Schema v2.0 will replace v1.1 and the FATCA Notification XML Schema v2.3 will replace v2.2. All International Data Exchange Service (IDES) users will be required to submit FATCA Reports using version 2.0 because version 1.1 will no longer be supported.

  • Use test data only. The test files should not contain any production data or personally identifiable information, such as a valid taxpayer number, account number, or social security number. Do not submit production files to the test environment or test files to the production environment. Any production files submitted to the test environment will not be processed.

ffYou can also subscribe to FATCA eNewsletter for updates on the latest IRS news, guidance, regulations and other public information related to the FATCA.

Updated! IRBM Public Key
Valid Period : 27 January 2016- 27 January 2019


FATCA, which affects Financial Institutions ("FIs") worldwide, aims at reducing tax evasion by US persons. It requires Financial Institutions outside the US to provide information regarding their customers who are US persons to the US Internal Revenue Service ("US IRS"). A 30% withholding tax is imposed on the US source income of any FI that fails to comply with this requirement.

The US has developed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) models as tools to facilitate FIs` compliance with FATCA:

  • Model 1 establishes a framework for FIs outside the US to report account information of US persons to their relevant domestic authority, which will in turn provide the information to the US IRS;
  • Model 2 establishes a framework for FIs outside the US to directly report account information of US persons to the US IRS, which is supplemented by information exchange upon request between the US IRS and its relevant government counterpart.

More information on FATCA can be found on IRS FATCA web page.

Malaysia-US IGA

On 30 June 2014, Malaysia reached an agreement in substance on a Model 1 IGA with the US to implement FATCA. Accordingly, Malaysia has been included in the US Department of Treasury's list of jurisdictions that are treated as having an IGA in effect with the US. The list of jurisdictions can be found by clicking on the following link: IGA List

Under the terms of the Malaysia-US IGA ("Agreement"), Reporting Malaysia-based Financial Institutions ("MYFIs") will provide Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) with the required account information of US persons. IRBM will then exchange that information with the US IRS.

The IGA is however still in the process of finalisation. The US Treasury through their letter dated 25th April 2017 has agreed that Malaysia remains on the Treasury IGA list and continues to be treated as if it has an IGA in effect.

The date for submitting the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 reportable information and NIL Returns under FATCA to IRBM has been tentatively deferred to 30 June 2019.

Guidance Notes on Compliance Requirements for Malaysia-US IGA

To assist MYFIs to comply with the requirements under the Malaysia-US IGA, a Guidance Notes has been prepared. The draft was open for public comments from 15 March 2015 - 15 April 2015.

Following the comments received on the draft Guidance Notes, a revised draft was issued dated 11 September 2015.This draft will be revised accordingly once the IGA is signed.

FATCA Registration

Under the Malaysia-US IGA, MYFIs that are not exempted need to register with the IRS and obtain a Global Intermediary Identification Number (GIIN). For more information, visit the FATCA Registration Resources.

MYFIs that have completed registration and obtained a GIIN will appear on a monthly published IRS FFI list.

FATCA Data Transmission

For the purpose of FATCA reporting, US IRS has developed a platform called International Data Exchange Service (IDES). Under Model 1 Option 2 agreement, Reporting MYFIs will be transmitting their FATCA reporting data to IRBM via the IDES. IRBM will in turn authorise the onward transmission of such data held at the IDES to the US IRS.

FF Next steps :

  1. Download the FATCA XML Schema.
  2. Prepare the FATCA Report data file step by step as per IDES Data Preparation website.
  3. Obtain one valid digital certificate issued by an approved certificate authority (CA) and enroll with IDES.
  4. Transmit the FATCA reporting package to IRBM via IDES.

A Reporting MYFI with no US Reportable Accounts is required to make a Nil return annually to IRBM.

Help Page Link

?IRS FATCA Regulations


Contact us

Please send your enquiry on FATCA to fatca@hasil.gov.my

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