CRS Updates May 2017

Second Edition of the OECD Standard for AEOI Released

On 27 March, 2017, the OECD published the second edition of the standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters (“AEOI”). This newly released edition replaces the first edition of the standard for AEOI from July 2014.

The vast majority of the standard for AEOI remains unchanged relative to the first edition. In the second edition, Annex 3 “Common Reporting User Guide” is updated, as it now contains additional technical guidance on the handling of corrections and cancellations within the CRS XML Schema, including a revised set of correction samples.

Please refer to the following link for access to the second edition of the standard for AEOI: http://www.oecd.org/ctp/exchange-of-tax-information/standard-for-automatic-exchange-of-financial-account-information-in-tax-matters-second-edition-9789264267992-en.htm

Facility to Disclose CRS Avoidance Schemes Launched by OECD

On 5 May, 2017, the OECD launched a disclosure facility on the Automatic Exchange Portal allowing parties to share information on potential schemes, products, and/or structures that may be used to circumvent the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”).

Parties are able to fill out a form through the Automatic Exchange Portal to describe any identified loopholes or schemes that may be used for avoiding the CRS. The form asks for a description of the scheme, information on how actively it is used, and a list of the countries or regions where the scheme is used . The OECD then systematically analyzes the received information on the reported schemes to assess the risk they present to the overall integrity and effectiveness of the CRS. If required, the OECD uses the acquired information to take appropriate courses of action. Parties may fill out the forms on an anonymous basis.

 

OECD Automatic Exchange Portal’s form

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PwC Schweiz
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Christoph Schärer
PwC
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Christoph is a member of the PwC international FATCA working group and co-leads the Swiss FATCA initiative. He has considerable FATCA tax project experience with a range of investment, cantonal, regional, retail and private banks, as well as with life insurance companies and banking service providers.