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Automatic exchange of tax information: the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

​​​Common Reporting Standard (CRS) guidance notes

​Our CRS guidance notes provide practical assistance to finance industry staff who have clients affected by the CRS. They are updated periodically.  

We welcome comments on the guidance notes, including areas in which you think more detail is needed.

Jersey CRS guidance notes
Annotated version Jersey CRS guidance notes

Tax identification numbers for Jersey residents

If you're reporting on Jersey residents under the CRS, the taxpayer identification number (TIN) will be either their social security number or their TIN.

Tax identification number (TIN)

A TIN is made up of 10 digits.

For example 100-100-1000

Social security number

Social security numbers begin with two letters, usually JY, followed by six digits and a letter.

For example, JY000000A

About the Common Reporting Standard​​​

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is the global standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information and aims to prevent cross-border tax evasion. The CRS has been designed to provide maximum consistency with US FATCA.

Jersey has committed to the early adoption of the CRS.​ This means that account information for 2016 will be automatically reported in 2017.

You can read​ the full CRS publication on the OECD website.

Common Reporting Standard on the OECD website

Format of reporting to Jersey

The Comptroller of Taxes will now accept reports submitted under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) which include data to be reported to multiple jurisdictions (consolidated reports).

You may still continue to submit single jurisdiction reports.

Separate FATCA and CRS reports must be submitted. For example, if you have a client which is dual resident in the USA and in a CRS jurisdiction, you must include that client's details on both your FATCA and CRS reports.

Regardless of the format you adopt, it remains your responsibility to correctly identify the jurisdiction to which your clients' information is to be transmitted on your return.

Version 3 of the CRS guidance​ notes will be amended shortly to reflect this and other changes arising from the introduction of the CRS standard.

Participating jurisdictions and deadlines

The lists of jurisdictions which Jersey recognises as participating jurisdictions in the CRS has been updated.

List of participating and reportable jurisdictions

Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 2015

CRS handbook

The OECD has written a CRS handbook, which you can download from their website. It provides practical guidance to help financial institutions implement the CRS.

The handbook:

  • sets out the necessary steps for CRS implementation
  • will help financial institutions implement the CRS more efficiently
  • identifies areas for alignment with FATCA
  • addresses the operational and transitional challenges resulting from the staggered implementation of the CRS
  • contains answers to frequently asked questions

The OECD will update the handbook regularly.

OECD handbook for automatic exchange of financial information​

Countries signed up to the Common Reporting Standard

On 29 October 2014, Jersey joined with the early adopters group in signing a Competent Authority Agreement (CAA) as a first step in the implementation of the CRS.

You can find the agreement below, as well as a list of ​​all countries and jurisdictions which have signed the ​Competent Authority Agreement.

Competent Authority Agreement​​

List of countries signed up to the Competent Authority Agreement

Crown dependencies and the automatic exchange of information

The ​Competent Authority Agreement doesn't allow for information exchanged between Jersey and the other crown dependencies (ie Guernsey and the Isle of Man). 

We have signed separate agreements with the other crown dependencies, which meets the automatic exchange of information provision in Article 24 of Jersey's double tax agreements with Guernsey and the Isle of Man. These agreements are included in the table below.

​Country​Date agreement signed​Agreement
​Guernsey ​13 February 2015Jersey and Guernsey automatic exchange agreement
​Isle of Man​13 February 2015​Jersey and the Isle of Man automatic exchange agreement​​

Domestic regulations

The exchange of information with other countries under the CRS is governed in Jersey by the relevant regulations which should be read together with the below order and amendments recently made. These regulations set out:

  • the role and responsibilities of Jersey financial institutions 
  • the timescales for reporting information to the Comptroller 
  • the penalties for non-compliance with the regulations ​
  • certain exemptions for the exchange of information

Read the Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Jersey) Regulations 2015 on the Jersey Law website 

Read the Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Amendment of Regulations No. 2) (Jersey) Order 2017 on Jersey Law website

Read the Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Common Reporting Standard) (Amendment) (Jersey) Regulations 2017

Joint declaration with Switzerland

On 15 January 2016, the Jersey Government signed a joint declaration with the Swiss Federal Council confirming the basis on which each jurisdiction will exchange tax information automatically under the Common Reporting Standard.

Download joint declaration statement (size 409kb)

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