Switzerland and India sign joint declaration on introduction of AEOI
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Switzerland and India signed a Joint Declaration on the introduction of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) on Tax matters on 22 November 2016 on reciprocal basis. The joint declaration was signed by Mr. Shushil Chandra, Chairman, CBDT and Mr. Gilles Roduit, Deputy Chief of Mission, Swiss Embassy in New Delhi. With signing of the AEOI, it is expected that India would start receiving information on accounts held by Indian residents in Switzerland from Sept. 2019 for 2018 and subsequent years on an automatic basis.

The Swiss Federal Counciland the Government of India mindful of the good bilateral relations between the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of India, willing to intensify cooperation in tax matters and financial services between the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of India, have reached the following understandings:

1. Both jurisdictions intend to introduce on a reciprocal basis automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters based on the OECD Common Reporting Standard and the Commentaries thereon between each other beginning in the year 2018 (first transmission of data in 2019).

This will be subject to:
(a) the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters of 25 January 1988, as amended by the Protocol of 27 May 2010, being in force in each jurisdiction;

(b) the signing of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information by each jurisdiction;

(c) the notification as provided for in Section 7 (Term of Agreement) of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information by each jurisdiction to the Co-ordinating Body Secretariat being made, which includes, among other requirements, the notification that the necessary laws are in place to implement the OECD Common Reporting Standard;

(d) the Swiss Confederation and the Republic of India notifying the Co-ordinating Body Secretariat that they intend to exchange information on an automatic basis with each other based on the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information.

2. Confidentiality rules and data safeguards are to be applied in keeping with the applicable international standards.

3. Both jurisdictions will inform each other of any relevant developments in respect to the implementation of the OECD Common Reporting Standard in their respective domestic laws.

4. Each jurisdiction confirms that it has informed the other jurisdiction about the modalities made available to persons making a voluntary disclosure of their financial assets for a smooth transition to the system of automatic exchange of information.

5. Both jurisdictions recognise the importance and potential benefits of cross-border investment and financial services. They will thus strive to facilitate and improve the conditions for providing financial services between their jurisdictions and strengthen their cooperation on financial sector issues through regular dialogue.

Signed in duplicate at New Delhi on 22 November 2016.

For the Swiss Federal Council : For the Government of India:
Gilles Roduit Sushil Chandra
Chargé d’affaires a. i. of Switzerland Chairman
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Ministry of Finance


Switzerland and India sign joint declaration on introduction of AEOI

Bern, 22.11.2016 - On 22 November 2016, Switzerland and India signed a joint declaration on the introduction of the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) in tax matters on a reciprocal basis. Both countries intend to start collecting data in accordance with the global AEOI standard in 2018 and to exchange it from 2019 onwards.

The signing of the joint declaration with India confirms Switzerland's international commitment to implementing the AEOI standard. Switzerland is thus strengthening its network of AEOI partner states. India meets in particular the high demands in terms of adherence to the principle of speciality and the safeguarding of confidentiality for the data delivered, which are prerequisites for the introduction of the AEOI.

From a legal viewpoint, the automatic exchange of information with India will be implemented based on the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (MCAA). The MCAA is based on the international standard for the exchange of information developed by the OECD.

The Federal Council has authorised the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) to conduct a consultation for the introduction of the AEOI with India and other countries. It will be initiated soon. Thereafter, the corresponding federal decrees will be submitted to Parliament for approval.

Address for enquiries

Beat Werder, Head of Communications, State Secretariat for International Financial Matters SIF 
Tel. +41 58 469 79 47, 
beat.werder@sif.admin.ch