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What is the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)?

CRS - Qu'est-ce que le règlement sur la Norme commune de présentation de l'information ? ?
Following the 2010 US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) emerged in May 2014 when forty-seven countries agreed to sign the multilateral agreement on the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information regarding bank accounts for tax purposes across the world.

CRS has pushed businesses to centralise their data and use new data management tools to carry out the reporting process more efficiently.

In Belgium, the institutions must send the relevant data to the ‘SPF Finance’, which will share it with other countries that have signed up to the CRS.


CRS regulation in a nutshell

  • The information will be exchanged annually between the jurisdictions for which the convention is in force and in effect;
  • All financial institutions (banks, brokers and insurance companies) will be reporting the information;
  • The information reported concerns individuals and entities;
  • Personal details of the account holder, account identification details, account balance and financial information will be reported;


CRS Practical Implications

  • Data gathering becomes more important on all levels;
  • Data quality is a challenge for all institutions, especially when stored in different IT systems;
  • Flexibility is key to keeping the pace with changing regulatory demands;
  • All financial institutions will be analyzing solutions in-house or will be buying them from the market tools;
  • The decision depends on the resources (IT and staff);



What are the challenges of CRS?

Traditional business models tend to become less popular as new compliance obligations for businesses and financial institutions underline the need for a technological evolution. CRS has pushed businesses to centralise their data and use new data management tools to carry out the reporting process more efficiently.

New technologies will allow businesses and financial institutions to ease the use/management of large amounts of data which will be collected and processed faster and more accurately. This can be challenging to financial institutions as they will need to ensure that they have the necessary infrastructure, skills, and controls in place to manage the increased volume and complexity of data, while also complying with relevant regulations and protecting customer privacy and data security.
CRS - Complexity of the Common Reporting Standard regulation

How can Pideeco help you with Common Reporting Standard?

Our experts specialized in international tax compliance can help you company to:

- Navigate the complex regulatory landscape surrounding CRS.

- Draft or improve your CRS policies and procedures.

- Analyze your current CRS processes, spot any gaps, and set-up and execute an action plan to mitigate the gaps.

- Assess the quality of your data and help you improve it.

- Set-up or develop IT tools to help you capture the necessary data for CRS reporting.

- Set-up a CRS reporting process.

- Train your staff members on all topics related to CRS.

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