DAC 6 / CRS / FATCA: Luxembourg bill of law issued to postpone reporting obligations and deadlines

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On 6 July 2020, the Luxembourg government issued bill of law N°7625 implementing into domestic law Council Directive (EU) 2020/876 of 24 June 2020, which amends Directive 2011/16/EU (“DAC”) to address the urgent need to defer certain time limits for the filing and exchange of information in the field of taxation because of the COVID-19 pandemic (the “DAC amendment”).

In line with the DAC amendment, the bill provides for an extension of the reporting deadlines for the purposes of Directive 2018/822/EU (“DAC 6“) and Common Reporting Standards (“CRS”).

In addition, as announced by the Luxembourg government in early June, the FATCA law should be modified to extend its reporting deadline for the year 2019.

DAC 6 reporting obligations starting as from 1 January 2021

The deadlines for the communication and exchange of information provided for in the law of 25 March 2020 (the “DAC 6 law”), which implements the provisions of DAC 6 into domestic law, should be extended by 6 months. In practice, this means that:

The notification obligations incumbent upon intermediaries covered by legal professional privilege (i.e. lawyers, chartered accountants and auditors) should also start as from 1 January 2021.

You can find more details on the current deadlines in our newsflashes of 23 March 2020 and 11 May 2020.

CRS and FATCA reporting deadlines extended by 3 months

The bill introduces provisions amending the law of 18 December 2015 on common reporting standards (the “CRS law”) and the law of 24 July 2015 related to FATCA (the “FATCA law”). Due to these amendments, the deadlines in the CRS law and FATCA law for the communication of data for the year 2019 should be extended by 3 months (i.e. this information should be reported by 30 September 2020).

Entry into force

The bill provides for a retrospective entry into force of the proposed provisions on 30 June 2020. As a result, no penalties for late disclosure should apply while the entry into force of these legislative amendments is still pending.

Concluding remarks

The bill is a fair implementation of the DAC amendment. With respect to the DAC 6 law, it will give intermediaries and taxpayers precious time to further determine their precise reporting obligations under the law, which may still be uncertain in some instances – in particular given the lack of detailed guidance provided by the authorities to date. It will also give them more time to finalise the rollout of internal reporting processes.

The bill should now follow the normal legislative process. The final vote on the law is expected to be held in the coming months.

How can we help?

The partners and your usual contacts at Arendt & Medernach are at your disposal to further assess and advise on your reporting obligations under the DAC 6 Law, and to ensure that your operating processes are aligned with these obligations.