The Hong Kong government plans to expand the list of reportable jurisdictions for 2017 under the common reporting standard (CRS) from two to 74 to meet international expectations.
Under the CRS framework, financial institutions in Hong Kong are required to identify and report to the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) the financial accounts held by tax residents of overseas reportable jurisdictions (including individuals, entities, and controlling persons of certain entity accounts) on an annual basis. CRS reporting will commence from 2018 with respect to 2017 account information.
Because Hong Kong is not a sovereign jurisdiction, it cannot be a direct signatory to the OECD multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of CRS information. Hong Kong therefore originally planned to collect and report CRS information to other countries based on bilateral agreements.
Hong Kong is under pressure to accelerate this process. In particular, the European Union (EU) has announced that it will prepare a blacklist of “noncooperative tax jurisdictions”. One of the listing criteria relates to the implementation of CRS. Specifically, the EU requires arrangements to be in place for the exchange of CRS information with all member states of the EU by the end of 2017. As a result, the Hong Kong government plans to add 72 jurisdictions (in addition to Japan and the UK) to Hong Kong’s list of reportable jurisdictions for CRS purposes. The additions include all EU Member States, all of Hong Kong’s tax treaty partners that have committed to CRS, and other jurisdictions that have expressed an interest to the OECD in exchanging CRS information with Hong Kong. The new jurisdictions include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, and Switzerland.
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) 16 March 2017 announced that Hong Kong signed a CAA with six treaty partners—a further step toward Hong Kong's implementation of automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI) on a reciprocal basis with appropriate partners by the end of 2018.
Read a March 2017 report [PDF 216 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Hong Kong
© 2018 KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated with KPMG International. KPMG International provides no client services. No member firm has any authority to obligate or bind KPMG International or any other member firm vis-à-vis third parties, nor does KPMG International have any such authority to obligate or bind any member firm. All rights reserved.
The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services Group at: + 1 202 533 4366, 1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.