FATCA overview

There are a number of substantial changes being made by financial regulators, governments and banks to ensure the protection and long-term safety of both the financial system and our customers’ interests.

One of these regulations is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) effective from 1 July 2014. This legislation administered by the United States Government encourages better tax compliance by preventing US Persons from using non-US financial organisations and foreign entities to avoid US taxation on their income and assets.

Impact to HSBC and our customers

HSBC is committed to being fully FATCA compliant in all countries where we operate. Other banks and financial organisations are also affected, however their approach to adopting FATCA may differ to that of HSBC.

FATCA affects many of HSBC’s customers. The impact on customers will depend on factors such as:

  • the type of account you hold with HSBC,
  • the type of policy agreement you have with HSBC,
  • the countries you trade in

To find out more about FATCA in your country (including relevant tax forms and guidance) please:

  • click on the navigation heading at the top of this page which will provide you with a list of countries
  • select the country of your choice from the list

Country pages will continue to be updated with the most recent information as it becomes available.

We may be contacting you to request further information or documentation in order to verify your tax status under FATCA. Please note that you may receive more than one request for information if you have multiple relationships with different members of the HSBC Group. It is important that you respond to all requests for tax information even if you believe you have already supplied the requested information. If you have any further queries regarding FATCA/ Local legislation and your tax position, please contact a tax advisor, as HSBC is unable to provide tax advice.

Additional information

W form and Customer Guidance
Please click here for the IRS W Forms, and for the instructions on how to complete these forms. In order to provide customers with further support when completing IRS W Forms, we have provided some additional customer guidance for W-9, W-8BEN and W-8BEN-E.

Withholding Statements
Withholding Statements which can be used by intermediaries, have been produced and are available by clicking here.

Global Intermediary Identification Numbers
HSBC has published its Global Intermediary Identification Numbers (GIINs). A list of GIINs are available here.

(Last updated August 2014)