In an Industry Advisory dated 1 February 2018, the Cayman Islands (‘Cayman’) Ministry of Financial Services has advised that the Cayman Automatic Exchange of Information (‘AEOI’) Portal (‘Portal’) will re-open in March 2018. Further, the Cayman Department for International Tax Cooperation (‘DITC’) has published an updated list of Common Reporting Standard (‘CRS’) Participating Jurisdictions and Reportable Jurisdictions. The new list includes Azerbaijan and Pakistan as Participating Jurisdictions. The CRS Guidance Notes are also due to be revised to reflect various changes, as is the Portal User Guide.

Portal reopening
The Cayman Tax Information Authority (‘TIA’) expect the Portal will reopen in early March 2018. Any Cayman Financial Institutions (‘CFI’s) which have been unable to make their Notification (i.e. register) through the Portal before that date must do so by 30 April 2018. 
2018 FATCA and CRS Deadline
For 2018 the deadline for making all new data Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (‘FATCA’) Returns, new data CRS Returns and CRS Filing Declarations with respect to the 2017 calendar year is 31 May 2018.
Upcoming amendments to the CRS Guidance Notes
The TIA’s CRS Guidance Notes are expected to be updated during February 2018. This will reflect changes such as a new and revised form of Entity Self-Certification and also the updates to the Participating and Reporting Jurisdictions. The current Version 2.1, which was updated in July 2017, is available here
AEOI Portal User Guide Updates
The AEOI Portal User Guide (currently V3.2.1 of June 2017) is also planned to be updated in February to reflect new functions on the Portal. These include new processes for changing the Principal Point of Contact or Authorising Person of a CFI and for deactivating a CFI. 
Participating Jurisdictions and Reportable Jurisdictions 
The lists of CRS Participating Jurisdictions and CRS Reportable Jurisdictions are issued pursuant to regulation 5(3) of the Tax Information Authority (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations, as amended. They are published in Extraordinary Gazette No.2 of 2018 (here (at pages 146-148))
OECD updates its CRS FAQs
In December 2017, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (‘OECD’) published updated CRS FAQs (here). The changes, whose headings are marked in yellow, are: to Section I, General Reporting Requirements, FAQ 11 on the ‘Reporting obligations of reporting financial institutions in the process of being liquidated’; Sections II –VII: Due diligence requirements in FAQs 22 on ‘Timing of Self –Certifications’, and FAQ 26, ‘Determining Controlling persons of entity’; and Section VIII Definitions FAQ 10, ‘Excluded Accounts held for the purpose of condominium or housing co-operative’; and, FAQ 11 ‘Indirect Distributions by a trust’. 
Solomon Harris
We at Solomon Harris have been monitoring and covering the introduction of international AEOI regulations, including US FATCA and the CRS and keeping a close eye on updates to the Cayman AEOI Portal. If you would like advice or assistance on any US FATCA, CRS or other regulatory matters contact us on info@solomonharris.com to see how we can help.
Disclaimer
The information contained in this article is necessarily brief and general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. Appropriate legal or other professional advice should be sought for any specific matter.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST

From time to time our firm hosts or sponsors events of interest to our clients. Please join our mailing list if you would like to be notified of upcoming events.

  • Lawyers World Global Awards Solomon Harris
  • World Finance Awards 2012 Solomon Harris
  • IFLR 1000 2011 Recommended Firm
  • 2011 Acquisition Legal Awards
  • ACQ Law Awards 2011 Solomon Harris
  • Corporate Intl Awards Law Firm of the Year Cayman Islands
  • Deal Makers Global Awards
  • Finance Monthly Global Awards 2012 Solomon Harris
  • Solomon Harris wins IFLR Asia Awards
  • Lawyer Monthly
  • The Lawyer Top 30 Offshore
  • Captive Review's Offshore Firm of the Year award
  • IFLR 1000 2014 Recommended Firm

Solomon Harris is a member of AIMA

Is it time to check if your sole recourse and exclusive jurisdiction clauses cover non-parties? ...

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (‘CICA’) has allowed a Cayman Islands (‘Cayman’...


View All Latest News
  Cayman Islands +1 345 949 0488
  Like Solomon Harris on Facebook Follow Solomon Harris on Twitter +1 Solomon Harris Follow Solomon Harris on LinkedIn Contact Us
Cayman Islands +1 345 949 0488
Switzerland +41 44 281 0488
Like Solomon Harris on Facebook Follow Solomon Harris on Twitter +1 Solomon Harris Follow Solomon Harris on LinkedIn
Contact Us