WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Pan-American Life Insurance Company of Curaçao and Sint Maarten, a member of Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), facilitated a discussion yesterday with other members of the local insurance association about the practical implications of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which was introduced in July 2014.
“Although FATCA is a federal law of the United States, it impacts financial service providers, such as insurance companies, on an international scale,” explained Valery Sinot, Pan-American Life’s General Manager for the Dutch Caribbean. “Pan-American Life operates in 21 markets outside of the United States so there was a need for us to develop a comprehensive strategy for incorporating FATCA’s requirements into our daily business activities.”
In the case of the insurance industry, FATCA requires that insurance companies report, to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), general information about certain cash value polices or annuities held by U.S. taxpayers. Most policy owners in the Dutch Caribbean who are foreign nationals will not be overly impacted by this legistation although they will be required to provide documentation supporting their status as a non U.S. citizen or resident.
As a result, local insurers will be assessing the need for changes to their operations and underwriting processes in order to faciliate compliance with FATCA. “We wanted to share the experience that we had adapting our business to be compliant with this legislation,” explained Martine van Oorsouw-Hofhuis, Pan-American Life’s Curaçao based Regional Counsel and Compliance Officer. “It is part of our wider commitment to compliance, and to being an active and responsible corporate citizen in all the markets where we do business.”
For more information about FATCA and how it impacts policy owners, you can visit Pan-American Life’s website at palig.com/curacao and click on the FATCA link.
About Pan-American Life
The Pan-American Life Insurance Group is a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas. New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance Company, the Group's flagship member, has been delivering trusted financial services since 1911, employing more than 1,500 worldwide, providing top-rated life, accident and health insurance, employee benefits and financial services in 47 states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Group’s member companies offer individual and/or group life, accident and health insurance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Group has branches and affiliates in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and 13 Caribbean markets, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, visit the Pan-American Life Web site at palig.com, follow us on Twitter @PanAmericanLife, and connect with us on LinkedIn at Pan-American Life Insurance Group.