Singapore and Australia sign agreement to exchange financial information for tax purposes under CRS

12 September 2016

On 6 September 2016, Singapore and Australia’s tax offices signed a Competent Authority Agreement (CAA) on the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Under the CAA, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will automatically exchange on an annual basis, financial account information held in Singapore by Australian tax residents with the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Likewise, ATO will automatically exchange with IRAS, financial account information held by Singapore tax residents in Australia.

The first exchange by IRAS and ATO will take place by September 2018. The first submission required from Singapore-based FIs (SGFIs) to IRAS is by 31 May 2018 for the calendar year 2017.

The CAA is awaiting ratification and does not have the force of law. The full text of the CAA is available on the IRAS website.

Source: IRAS