Common Reporting Standard ("CRS")
and Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information ("AEOI")
CRS is a new information-gathering and reporting requirement for financial institutions (“FIs”), it is developed by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development purposes to fight against tax evasion and increase fiscal transparency via AEOI.
With effect from 30 June 2016, Hong Kong commenced to implement AEOI.
Under the AEOI standard, FIs are required to register with the IRD by September 2017 and file the first AEOI returns to the IRD by May 2018. FIs are responsible to monitor their status and procedures for complying with the relevant compliance and reporting obligations under the AEOI regime of IRD.
Under the CRS, FIs in a jurisdiction are required to perform due diligence procedures to identify financial accounts held by tax residents of reportable jurisdictions and to collect and furnish the information of such financial accounts to tax authorities in that jurisdiction on an annual basis. In Hong Kong, IRD will apply AEOI with the tax authorities of CRS partner jurisdictions on an annual basis.