Lawyers are reporting entities under Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT).
As a reporting entity, Govett Quilliam must assess the risk they may face from the actions of money launderers and people who finance terrorism and to identify potentially suspicious transactions or activity. To make that assessment we may be required to obtain and verify information from prospective and existing clients about a range of things. This is part of what the AML/CFT law calls “client due diligence” (CDD).
Client Due Diligence requires us to collect and verify information from our clients before providing legal services.
FATCA / CRS
International tax compliance regulations have been introduced to protect the integrity of tax systems around the world. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) enable the exchange of customers’ foreign tax residency information between countries and are intended to help combat global tax evasion.
FATCA is a United States' (US) law, New Zealand has an agreement with US and FATCA requirements have been incorporated into New Zealand law. Its objective is to reduce tax evasion by US citizens, tax residents, and entities. US citizens and tax residents are required to report their worldwide income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whether they live in the US or not.
Govett Quilliam as a Non- Financial Foreign Entity (NFFE) is required to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), Common Reporting Standards (CRS) and provide our Financial Institutions information on our clients who are US tax residents and receive income from us.