Analysis of Common Reporting Standard Loopholes


OECD Publications on CRS



Common Reporting Standard and Commentary


Second edition of Implementation Handbook provides new guidance related to effective implementation.


CRS-related Frequently Asked Questions


List of jurisdictions committing to CRS by 2020, including developing members of Global Transparency Forum but not yet set the date for automatic exchange.
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List of signatories of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information and intended Information Exchange Date.


Pascal Saint Amans quoted that the Model Disclosure Rules will be submitted to the G7 presidency and are part of a wider strategy of the OECD to monitor and act upon tendencies in the market that try to avoid CRS reporting and hide assets offshore.


Mandatory Disclosure Rules on avoidance of CRS
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List of members of the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
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List by jurisdiction of specific the steps taken and choices made in the context of implementing the Standard.


Definition of tax residency rules for individuals and entities by jurisdiction.

Breakdown of updates by country
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CRS Guidance by Jurisdictionas per OECD AEoI Exchange Portal.

Not yet updated by OECD
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Tax Identification Number rules and formats by Jurisdiction as per OECD AEoI Exchange Portal.
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List of jurisdictions participating in the Convention of Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.
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List of high risk residence and citizenship schemes by jurisdiction
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EU list of tax havens to be black or grey listed. Here is the listing process and criteria to be met to avoid grey listing. Scoreboard
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CRS Status Message XML Schema
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Peer reviews of the effectiveness of the implementation of the AEOI Standard starting in 2020.
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AEoI exchanges in 2018
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Written commitments by jurisdiction to avoid EU uncooperative tax havens black-list
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Beneficial Owner Toolkit
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International Exchange Framework for Mandatory Disclosure Rules on CRS Avoidance Arrangements and Opaque Offshore Structures


CRS articles published on Linkedin


How OECD can crush CRS jurisdiction wealth managers looking after assets placed with US Custodial Institutions, such as Pershing LLC or US Trusts

Trying to educate investment entities that not having to report on themselves for CRS is crappy advice

How offshore jurisdictions have fooled the EU's Economic Substance requirements on holding businesses

Mandatory Disclosure Rules for CRS as useful as a chocolate teapot? It's not a minimum standard, has major exemptions and legallycan't be retroactive.

Untaxed investment entities, other than trusts, are the single most misunderstood section of the Common Reporting Standard

Prepare to be smacked open like a piñata if hiding your money in the USA. John Doe summonses assisting foreign governments to be used frequently.

Banks make up ludicrous rules who can discretionarily manage assets of an investment entity. Licenced? What percent of assets? What jurisdiction?

Using loopholes in FATCA legislation for CRS clients? Then you are unaware the OECD has closed these loopholes. .

Hiding from automatic exchange of information by placing your money in USA? We interrupt your peaceful sleep now that John Doe is active again.

OECD crowing about the success of automatic exchange causing a 25% fall in offshore deposits. It mostly fled to the USA, you muppets!

There are two strategies to hide clients from CRS: Use a fake weakness or exploit a real loophole

Banks are ignorant when proposing a prevalent so-called CRS loophole

Is a trust a custodial Institution if its not an investment entity? See impact of OECD CRS FAQ Feb 2019 on SPV Custodian.

Does the Investment Entity term exclude holding companies? Depends if its FATCA or CRS

For CRS, who is the reportable account holder when a trust is a Custodial Institution? Can the dearth of definition be exploited to hide settlor?

Quick quiz on CRS

Banks wrongly advise untaxed investment entity companies that there is no CRS reporting if the owner and director are in the same jurisdiction

The single most misunderstood issue of CRS / FATCA. The asset test of a trading Active NFE.

Many banks conjure a non-existent CRS rule that to qualify as an investment entity, the assets must be managed by a "regulated"​ wealth manager

Singapore and Hong Kong banks categorise your business as a non-reportable Active NFE even though it is highly likely a Passive NFE

If USA ever enacts 'full reciprocity'​ of information exchange, it will be a failure as FATCA is rife with loopholes

CRS reportable value of a Zero Cash Value policy for the policyholder is not null. It is the full cash value.

Wrong Advice By Bank to avoid CRS

Investment Entity Carve Out

Zero surrender value policies

Endowment funds are not exempt from CRS

Where is untaxed BVI entity located

US rejects CRS

OECD, fix up loopholes

Where is an untaxed entity located

Where is untaxed BVI entity located

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Trying to circumvent CRS with orphan structures

Zero cash value policies

Global trust firms hiding in Dakota

Where is an untaxed investment entity located

Zero tax jurisdictions dislike economic substance? No problem, they've surreptitiously escaped its main impact.

The misplaced self-confidence of banks to move clients'​ assets to USA and continue servicing the portfolio

If an entity holds a Passive NFE subsidiary and collects the dividends, is it a Custodial Institution, Investment Entity or a Nominee?

Peddling surety bonds or Long term care policies to avoid CRS. It isn't out of scope despite providers assuring such.

What's with Gibraltar trustees mistakenly advising that some retirement funds avoid the CRS?

Exploiting the term 'related'​ to avoid the CRS

Big 4 misinterprets a CRS clause and subsequently trustees exploit a non-existent loophole for thousands of trusts


OECD misquotes the FATF recommendation and subsequently accepts​ there is no need to identify Controlling Persons of certain entities


What's with the insurance industry not comprehending Zero Cash Value policies are not a CRS solution?


FIs are not listening to the OECD initiative to tackle abuse of residence by investment


OECD FAQ update February 2019 - Yeah, you're a managing Investment Entity even if you don't get paid fees


Common Reporting Standard becoming different standards


Don't confuse the EU Commission's failed blacklist vs. EU Code of Conduct Group's blacklist of USA


Fleeing the BVI due to Economic Substance


Automatic exchange of information's gap regarding non-participating Institutions


EU Code of Conduct Group closes the Investment Entity CRS loophole - perhaps


Listing on an exchange is a CRS loophole which OECD can easily tackle


CRS become different standards


EU Code of Conduct Group strategy coalesces against USA as an uncooperative tax haven


Pointless for UK Territories resisting public Registers of Ownership


Singapore's irrevocable trusts help Settlors hide undeclared assets by reporting zero. CRS participating jurisdictions should be furious.


Financial alchemy - Passive NFE becomes Active NFE / Investment Entity


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