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Switzerland: First AEOI audits planned by Swiss tax administration

Switzerland: First AEOI audits planned

The Swiss federal tax administration is planning to conduct automatic exchange of information (AEOI) audits involving Swiss financial institutions.


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The Swiss tax administration recently commenced its first pilot audit of a bank in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Audits of other Swiss banks and other financial institutions are likely to follow during 2019 and subsequent years. The upcoming audits, thus, would serve to remind Swiss financial institutions to review their AEOI compliance programs and “fine-tune” their processes and systems.

Areas of AEOI implementation that Swiss financial institutions continue to face challenges include:

  • The need to have written policies and procedures in place for AEOI purposes to document the bank’s approach to AEOI
  • The requirement that proper controls are in place to manage AEOI risks, and that such controls are properly documented and monitored
  • The requirement to perform a reasonableness check of self-certifications received from clients, and implement appropriate control mechanisms
  • The correct treatment of those accounts for which no self-certification can be obtained
  • The need for ongoing monitoring, including new reportable jurisdictions, related client communications, changes in circumstances, and other aspects of AEOI compliance

Read an April 2019 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Switzerland

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