Common Reporting Standard
The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a global framework for the automatic exchange of financial information between jurisdictions that have agreed to its adoption (to date, over 100 countries have committed to CRS).
In 2014, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), issued the aims of the CRS: to combat tax evasion and to improve cross-border tax compliance.
On May 11th 2016, the OECD announced that Lebanon committed to automatically share financial account information with other countries. On October 27th 2016, the Lebanese Parliament promulgated Lebanese Law Number 55 related to the “Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes”.
On May 12th 2017, the OECD announced that representatives of the Lebanese government signed the CRS Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA), thereby re-confirming Lebanon’s commitment to implement the automatic exchange of financial account information and commence exchanges in 2018.
CRS requires banks to annually report on its customer’s financial information (name, address, tax residence, tax identification number, account number, account balance etc.) to their local tax authorities, on accounts held by foreign tax residents.