Application of CRS and FATCA: EMA letters to Luxembourg and Malta
We sent a letter to the Director of the Luxembourg Tax Administration (l’Administration des Contributions Directes) arguing that payment accounts held by PIs and e-money accounts – whether issued by EMIs or CIs – should be exempt from reporting requirements under both FATCA and the CRS. This is because such payment products do not amount to deposit-taking activity.
In Malta, the FATCA and CRS guidelines state that relevant exclusions in the Banking Act will also influence the scope of the amended ‘Cooperation with other Jurisdictions on Tax Matters Regulations 2015’. However in considering whether an entity is conducting banking or similar business, an assessment of the actual activities will be made to make such a determination. We used these provisions in our letter to the Director General of the International Tax Unit of the Maltese Inland Revenue to argue for the exemption pf PIs, and of EMIs and CIs issuing e-money.
The EMA’s letter can be found here.