Germany releases CRS Infobrief 01/2019

On 28 January 2019, the German Federal Central Tax Office (“Bundeszentralamt für Steuern” or “BZSt”) issued a newsletter: “Infobrief CRS 01/2019” (Link-German), providing updated information regarding the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”).

  • The previously used RSASSA-PKCS1-v1_5 signature procedure has to be changed to RSASSA-PSS for the submission as of 1 December 2018;
  • The production environment for the transmission of CRS data for the reporting period 2018 will be officially available from 1 May 2019;
  • The test environment for the CRS reporting test has been made available to all users without restriction. The test environment is not available for single reporting via the BZSt-Online-Portal (“BOP”) and will be accessible during the whole reporting period with technical support from 1 April 2019 to 30 June 2019.
  • A CRS file sent via the ELMA interface may now be sent from up to 100 MB and contain up to 20,000 data records.

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