Common Reporting Standard

On this page we will explain more about the Common Reporting Standard (hereafter ‘CRS’) and how it may impact you.

The CRS is a regulation developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (‘OECD’) to help fight against tax evasion. The CRS aims for fiscal transparency that will lead to Automatic Exchange of Information (‘AEOI’) between jurisdictions who have adopted the CRS. More information on AEOI can be found in the video below, which has been created by the OECD.

Hong Kong as a participating jurisdiction has agreed to incorporate the CRS regulation into its local legislation. Under the CRS, it is mandatory for financial institutions located in a CRS participating jurisdiction to pass on information about certain financial accounts and policies held by tax residents from CRS participating jurisdiction.

This means that we are required to obtain information related to our customer’s tax residency and tax identification number(s). This applies to both natural persons and legal entities.

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Inland Revenue Department on the IRD website

This website provide guidance and information regarding AEOI.

OECD website - section Tax residency

Provide answer and rules regarding your tax residency for each national tax authority.

OECD website - section Tax identification numbers (TINs)

For more information on how to identify your TIN-number or your functional equivalent.

OECD website - section CRS

Introduction to CRS on OECD website.

If you have any specific questions regarding your tax residency, please contact a professional tax adviser.

AXA is required to report your tax details on an annual basis. Inland Revenue Department will automatically forward the data to the relevant tax authorities (if any).

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a new information-gathering and reporting requirement for financial institutions in participating countries or jurisdictions (such as Hong Kong). It is intended to further strengthen international efforts to increase transparency and cooperation by tax authorities.

The CRS regulation aims fiscal transparency that will lead to Automatic Exchange of Information (“AEOI”) between jurisdictions that have adopted the CRS. In practice, information about the taxpayer will be sent to the local tax authority, which will automatically forward the data to the tax authorities of the taxpayer.

Both individuals and legal entities are affected by the AEOI if their tax domicile is not exclusively in Hong Kong. AXA must therefore clarify with the customers where their tax residency is. Under the CRS, AXA as a financial institutions is required to identify customers who appear to be a tax resident outside Hong Kong, and report certain information to the local tax authority, Inland Revenue Department (IRD). IRD may then share that information with the tax authority(ies) where the customer is tax resident.

Under the CRS, tax authorities require financial institutions such as AXA to collect and report certain information relating to their customers’ tax residencies. If you buy a new insurance policy, AXA Hong Kong will ask you to certify a number of details about yourself. This process is called “self-certification” and we are required to collect this information under the CRS.

In principle we will only ask you to fill out a self-certification form once. We might contact you to fill out another form when you update your personal information or when we have a reason to believe that your reportable status may have changed.

The concept of tax residency may differ per jurisdiction. Please contact a professional tax advisor or visit the OECD website for more information on tax residency.

Please provide AXA with an updated self-certification form within 30 days when there is a change which affects your tax residency status or TIN number.

In line with the CRS requirements, we will be asking you for your:

  • Name, Address, Place of birth and Date of birth;
  • Jurisdiction(s) of tax residence;
  • Taxpayer identification number(s) (TINs)

For entities additional information is required, which can be found in the self-certification form.

In line with the CRS requirements, IRD will exchange:

  • Personal data: name, address, jurisdiction of residence, taxpayer identification number (“TIN”), and the date and place of birth.
  • Financial account data: account and policy number, account balance or value (year-end), and the gross amount of interests, surrender or taxable value, interest/earnings, benefits, contract terminations as appropriate for the year concerned.

All financial institutions – that includes banks, insurers and asset management businesses – in participating countries or jurisdictions (which includes Hong Kong) are required to comply with the CRS.

For a list of countries participating in the CRS, please see the OECD portal.

For further information on your tax residency, please refer to the rules governing tax residence that have been published by each national tax authority on the OECD portal.

You can also find out more information on tax authorities websites for the participating jurisdictions. For Hong Kong this is http://www.ird.gov.hk/eng/faq/dta_aeoi.htm