As TaxProf Blog and others noted at the time, a few weeks Trump signed Executive Order 13789, setting a deadline of 20 June for Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and his people to:
… review all significant tax regulations issued by the Department of the Treasury on or after January 1, 2016, and, in consultation with the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, identify in an interim report to the President all such regulations that:
(i) impose an undue financial burden on United States taxpayers;
(ii) add undue complexity to the Federal tax laws; or
(iii) exceed the statutory authority of the Internal Revenue Service.
Unfortunately for beleaguered U.S. Persons abroad, that time frame does not include the original FATCA regulations released in 2014, and the scope does not include past refusals to use clear statutory authority to issue new regulations to excuse us from incomprehensible “offshore” information forms with obscene fines.
For foreigners investing in the U.S. it’s better news: the Trump/Mnuchin review might repeal the Form 5472 filing requirement for single-foreign-member LLCs (proposed on 10 May 2016, 81 FR 28784; finalised on 13 December 2016, 81 FR 89849). That requirement was widely seen as a tiny, halting step towards imposing genuine FATCA reciprocity on inbound investors who were trying to remain anonymous. But even if it doesn’t get repealed, it’s no big deal: the Obama administration left plenty of loopholes to make sure that foreigners can keep hiding their identities from both the U.S. government and their own governments.