The Ministry of Finance published a circular on 2 February 2018 with a preliminary list of countries participating in the automatic exchange of information in the period to 30 September 2018. The final list should be available by the end of June 2018. Continue reading
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The first automatic exchange of financial accounts information between Germany and 49 other states according to the OECD Common Reporting Standard commenced on 30 September 2017. Continue reading
The tax authorities have now published the final Ministry of Finance circular answering questions in connection with the application of the exchange of financial information and the FACTA agreement. The draft versions of the circular had previously been released and these are now in a final version.
In the fight against cross-border tax evasion and other practices showing a lack of discipline for tax purposes, the OECD has developed a standard for the automatic exchange of information on financial accounts (CRS – Common Reporting Standard). On 29 October 2014 Germany committed itself – in conjunction with numerous other countries – to implement a system for exchange. The CRS obliges financial institutes to report to the German tax authorities information on financial assets, which are managed in participating countries on behalf of taxpayers. This information is exchanged between the tax authorities of participating states.
The conclusion of the so-called FACTA agreement between the USA and Germany on 31 May 2013 also introduced rules on the automatic exchange of tax relevant data from financial institutes. This was also intended to induce more honesty in tax matters cross-border.
The Ministry of Finance has now produced a 96 page document to clarify the various issues.
Ministry of Finance circular of 1 February 2017 (IV B 6 – S 1315/13/10021:044), published on the Ministry’s home page on 3 March 2017
The cabinet has adopted a bill to regulate the automatic exchange of bank account and investment income information with the 60 co-signatory states of the “multilateral competent authority agreement on automatic exchange of financial account information”. Continue reading