Treasury written question – answered on 30th April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 19 March (HL6520), why they have not estimated the number of tax residency self-certification forms that have been completed or will be completed annually in future; and what assessment they have made of the extent to which a full regulatory impact assessment can be prepared without such estimates.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the global standard for the exchange of financial account information. Under the CRS financial institutions are required to obtain and report the tax residence information of their account holders. The information that tax authorities will receive under the CRS is a vital part of global efforts to tackle offshore tax evasion and increase tax transparency. Under the CRS financial institutions are required to carry out due diligence procedures, including obtaining tax residency self-certifications from some account holders.

HMRC does not consider estimating the number of tax residency self-certification forms received by financial institutions or estimating how many account holders annually will self-certify in future to be a useful exercise at this time. A Tax Information and Impact Note was published on 18 March 2015 in accordance with the government’s tax policy making process.

HMRC continues to monitor the impact of the CRS through information collected through the information exchange arrangements, competent authority discussions, tax returns and compliance work undertaken by HMRC.

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