The Government of the British Virgin Islands has reiterated its commitment to working toward establishing a publicly accessible register on the beneficial ownership of companies.
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The British Virgin Islands International Tax Authority has issued a statement on the due diligence obligations required of financial institutions in relation to the Common Reporting Standard.
The OECD has issued another update on jurisdictions‘ progress to amend their preferential tax regimes to remove harmful elements under the OECD base erosion and profit shifting Action Plan minimum standard on harmful tax regimes (Action 5).
The British Virgin Islands has set out the deadlines for certain submissions required from financial institutions under the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard, the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance, and the territory’s country-by-country reporting framework.
Cayman Premier Alden McLaughlin met with lawyers in London on Monday to discuss the territory’s constitutional relationship with the UK in light of UK legislation forcing the territory to set up a publicly accessible register on the beneficial ownership of legal entities.
The Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Orlando Smith, says his Government has appointed legal counsel to advise on a potential challenge to the UK’s move to force its Overseas Territories to set up publicly accessible registers containing information on the beneficial ownership of legal entities.
The UK’s 14 Overseas Territories must bring in publicly accessible registers concerning the beneficial ownership of legal entities or face having them imposed by the UK, following Royal Assent to the UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 on May 23, 2018.