Frequently asked questions
Retail Banking and Wealth Management – Mauritius
The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a new information-gathering and reporting requirement for financial institutions in participating countries/jurisdictions, to help fight against tax evasion and protect the integrity of tax systems.
The CRS seeks to establish the tax residency of customers. Under the CRS, financial institutions are required to identify customers who appear to be tax resident outside of the country/jurisdiction where they hold their accounts and products, and report certain information to our local tax authority, which may then be shared with the tax authority where you are tax resident.
Under the CRS, tax authorities require financial institutions such as HSBC to collect and report certain information relating to their customers’ tax statuses.
If you open a new bank account, invest in new financial products or change your circumstances in some way, we will ask you to certify a number of details about yourself. This process is called “self-certification” and we are required to collect this information under the CRS.
All banks, including HSBC, are required to comply with their legal and regulatory requirements and commitments but there may be differences in how they are implemented. Tax transparency is a critical priority for HSBC because it helps protect us and the entire financial system against those who are seeking to avoid their tax obligations.
In Mauritius, HSBC is taking the initiative to collect CRS information from customers as from April 2016.
The information collected will enable us to comply with the forthcoming Common Reporting Standard (CRS) requirements when introduced by the Mauritius Tax Authority in January 2017.
In line with the CRS requirements, we will ask you for your:
- Place of birth*
- Date of birth*
- Country(ies)/Jurisdiction(s) of tax residence
- Taxpayer identification number(s)*
*this does not apply in all participating countries/jurisdictions and is subject to local law requirements
This will depend on where you live and your circumstances. Please contact a professional tax advisor or check the OECD website for more information on how to determine your tax residency, as HSBC cannot give tax advice.
The information I have been asked for on the forms is similar to the information I have been asked for under FATCA. Why is this different?
Even if you have already provided information under the United States government’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), you may still need to provide additional information for the CRS as these are different regulations with different requirements.
FATCA is US Law and requires financial institutions to identify US Persons and report in line with FATCA regulations, based on citizenship. The CRS requires financial institutions to identify tax residency of customers and report information on customers who are tax resident outside of the country/jurisdiction where they hold their accounts.
Under the CRS, we are legally required to establish the tax residency status of all our customers, even if you are tax resident in the same country/jurisdiction as where you hold your account. However, typically your details will not be reportable to tax authorities for CRS purposes.
Once we have a valid self-certification on file, you will only be asked to complete another when you update certain information on your account or we believe your reportable status may have changed.
HSBC is required to report your tax details under the legal requirements introduced by countries/jurisdictions participating in the CRS.
Yes. We will only disclose your information to the relevant tax authorities if we are legally required to do so.
Customer information is protected by a strict code of secrecy and security which all members of the HSBC Group, their staff and third parties are subject to. We will only disclose this information to the relevant tax authorities if we are legally required to do so.
We are required by law to verify the details you have provided as part of your self-certification. We might ask you for a copy of your passport to verify your identity or for some other evidence of your tax residency declared in your self-certification.
The information provided in the self-certification form, and details about the accounts and products you have with us, including:
- the balance or value
- the total amounts of interest or payments credited.
For a full list of countries/jurisdictions participating in the CRS, alongside the dates that they will start exchanging information, please see the OECD CRS portal.
For further information on your tax residency, please refer to the rules governing tax residence that have been published by each national tax authority. You can also find out more at the OECD Automatic Exchange of Information portal. For more details on CRS, you may also wish to contact your relationship manager.
Page last updated June 2018