The Council of the European Union today, 24 June 2020, announced that the EU will give EU Member States the option of more time to comply with certain rules on cross-border information reporting (MDR and CRS). The deferral is provided as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following informal agreement reached by EU Member States in early June 2020 and green light from the European Parliament on 19 June 2020 (read Euro Tax Flash for further details), the Council of the EU announced that it has adopted an amendment to the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC) allowing EU Member States an option to defer the time limits for:
With respect to DAC6, the amendments as adopted give EU Member States the option to delay the deadlines for filing information on reportable cross-border arrangements by up to six months, as follows:
The EU Council’s announcement notes that the optional deferral is in response to the severe disruption to the activities of many financial institutions, tax advisers, and tax authorities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures. The amendment provides the possibility for the Council to extend the deferral period once, for a maximum of three further months. Any extension would depend on the evolution of the pandemic and would be subject to strict conditions.
The amendment will enter into force on the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU, which is expected shortly.
It is up to each EU Member State to decide the (length of the) deferral. EU Member States that have already made announcements in this respect include Belgium and Luxembourg (will opt for the full six-month deferral), Ireland (deferral confirmed, intended timeframe to be announced) and Finland (will not opt for a deferral). A number of other EU Member States have only informally announced their intention to opt for a six-month deferral, but are yet to make official announcements in this respect.
For more information, contact a tax professional with KPMG’s EU Tax Centre
Robert van der Jagt | +31 889 0 91 356 | VanderJagt.Robert@kpmg.com
Raluca Enache | +31 889 0 91 465 | Enache.Raluca@kpmg.com
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