Automatic Exchange of Information: The Common Reporting Standard

Automatic Exchange of Information: The Common Rep...

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a big step towards a globally coordinated approach to disclosure of income earned by individuals and organisations.

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This report looks at the impact of CRS and the influence these new Standards have upon financial institutions around the world, and considers the steps financial institutions should take to achieve compliance cost-effectively. Although automatic exchange of information (AEoI) is not new, it is only recently that the push has become more global in scope which is acting to change the business landscape.

Here is an outline of the key issues examined in the publication:

  • A major increase in reporting requirements
    These initiatives involve governments obtaining information from their financial institutions and exchanging data automatically with other nations. Financial institutions (and other investment entities) will have significant additional reporting responsibilities, which may vary in format and timing from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, with potential penalties for those unable or unwilling to comply fully.
  • Collecting complex and varied information
    Financial institutions will need to collect account holder status and tax residency, which may differ from FATCA, and use that information to drive the gathering and reporting of interest, dividends, account balance, income from certain insurance products, and sales proceeds from financial assets for certain non-resident account holders.
  • A big impact on systems and culture
    Financial institutions need to keep abreast of new regulations around the world, manage relationships with multiple tax authorities, and educate staff and clients on reporting requirements and account opening procedures.
  • More than just an enhanced version of FATCA
    FATCA is much narrower in scope than the CRS. The lack of account balance thresholds for reviewing account holders and the expansion of those financial institutions subject to the CRS, together with the search for non-resident account holders from more than 40 jurisdictions, makes the scale of the CRS a multiple of what it was for FATCA. This is especially true for those financial institutions that took a tactical approach to their FATCA solution, either by creating temporary manual processes or by excluding US persons.

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