YouTube video text script - FATCA-Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) List Search and Download Tool

WELCOME TO THE IRS FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT, OR FATCA, ONLINE REGISTRATION VIDEO SERIES.

THE FATCA FOREIGN FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, OR FFI, LIST SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD TOOL HELPS YOU VIEW LEAD, SINGLE AND MEMBER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS .
    
YOU CAN ALSO VIEW SPONSORING ENTITIES, SPONSORED ENTITIES AND BRANCHES WORLDWIDE.
     
ALL OF THESE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A GLOBAL INTERMEDIARY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER, OR GIIN, WHICH IS USED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES TO WITHHOLDING AGENTS AND TAX ADMINISTRATORS FOR FATCA REPORTING PURPOSES.
    
THE LIST DOES NOT INCLUDE LIMITED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OR LIMITED BRANCHES.

YOU CAN ACCESS THE FFI LIST SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD TOOL BY GOING TO IRS.GOV/FATCA-FFILIST.
   
YOU DO NOT NEED A USER NAME OR PASSWORD TO USE THIS TOOL.
    
LET US TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOOL NOW.

THE FFI LIST IS UPDATED THE FIRST DAY OF EACH MONTH.  
    
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE LIST IN EITHER CSV OR XML FORMAT.
    
THE COMPRESSED OR ZIPPED VERSIONS DOWNLOAD FASTER.

YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD PREVIOUS LISTS BY CLICKING ON “ARCHIVED PRIOR MONTHS’ FFI LISTS.”

THE MOST RECENT ARCHIVED MONTH IS CENTERED AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.
    
TO RETURN TO THE SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD TOOL, CLICK ON “FFI LIST SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD TOOL.”

THE FFI LIST CAN BE SEARCHED BY USING ONE OR MORE OF THE THREE FIELDS:  THE GIIN, THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION NAME AND COUNTRY OR JURISDICTION OF THE FFI OR BRANCH.

CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THE FIELD TO GET MORE INFORMATION.

IF YOU ENTER A PARTIAL GIIN OF AT LEAST SIX SEQUENTIAL CHARACTERS, THE SEARCH WILL RETURN RECORDS CONTAINING THE FULL STRING OF CHARACTERS.  
    
SEARCHES ON GIIN ARE NOT CASE SENSITIVE, BUT YOU MUST ENTER NUMBERS, LETTERS OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH.  
    
TO SEARCH USING THE NAME, ENTER AT LEAST ONE CHARACTER OR UP TO 150 CHARACTERS.  
    
YOU CAN ENTER LOWERCASE AND UPPERCASE LETTERS, NUMBERS AND CERTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERS,  WHICH ARE A BLANK SPACE, POUND SIGN OR HASH TAG, PERCENT SIGN, AMPERSAND, PARENTHESES, HYPHEN, BRACKETS, CURLY BRACKETS, APOSTROPHE, COMMA, PERIOD AND FORWARD SLASH.

BRANCH NAMES CAN BE FOUND BY SEARCHING WITH THE FI NAME FOLLOWED BY SPACE, DASH, SPACE, BRANCH.
    
CLICK ON THE CLEAR BUTTON TO RESET ALL FILLABLE BOXES AND RESULTS, AND BEGIN A NEW SEARCH.
    
TO SEARCH USING THE COUNTRY OR JURISDICTION, SELECT ONE OR MORE.
    
SCROLL UP OR DOWN TO SEE THE LIST OF AVAILABLE COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
   
YOU MAY SELECT “OTHER” AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST IF THE COUNTRY OR JURISDICTION YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS NOT LISTED.
    
YOU CAN SELECT MULTIPLE COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS AT ONE TIME BY HOLDING THE CONTROL KEY.
    
THEN, CLICK ON THE RIGHT ARROW TO ADD TO THE LIST OF SELECTED COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS.
    
YOU CAN ALSO REMOVE COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS FROM THE SEARCH BY SELECTING ONE OR MORE COUNTRIES AND JURISDICTIONS AND CLICKING ON THE LEFT ARROW.
    
ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR CRITERIA SET, CLICK THE SEARCH BUTTON.
    
THE SEARCH RESULTS WILL DISPLAY IN A TABLE BELOW THE SEARCH FORM WITH A MAXIMUM OF 30,000 SEARCH RESULTS.

IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM WITH THE SEARCH, YOU WILL GET A DETAILED ERROR MESSAGE.  
    
YOU CAN CLICK ON “SEARCH TIPS” FOR ADDITIONAL HELP.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SEARCH RESULTS SHOW AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE SEARCH RESULTS TABLE.  
    
YOU CAN USE THE NAVIGATIONAL LINKS TO PAGE THROUGH THE TABLE OR JUMP TO A SPECIFIC PAGE.  

YOU CAN SORT ANY COLUMN IN ASCENDING OR DESCENDING ORDER BY CLICKING ON THE UP OR DOWN TRIANGLES.  

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD YOUR SEARCH RESULTS IN CSV, XML OR PDF FORMATS.

CLICK ON THE FORMAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD.  
     
FOR EXAMPLE, TO DOWNLOAD A CSV FILE, CLICK ON THE LINK “DOWNLOAD CSV”.

AT THE POP UP WINDOW, CLICK THE SAVE AS BUTTON AND NAME THE FILE THEN CLICK OK.  

YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FFI LIST FROM THE FOLLOWING SOURCES: THE FFI LIST USER GUIDE THE FFI LIST RESOURCES WEBPAGE AND THE FFI LIST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WEBPAGE.

AND YOU ALSO CAN GO TO THE FFI LIST XML SCHEMA PAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHEMA INTO YOUR OWN DATABASE.

YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEARCH AND DOWNLOAD TOOL AT  IRS.GOV/FATCA