Mr Matthew Shaxson

Matthew Shaxson

Updates

Corporate & Commercial

Jersey substance proposals – company perspective
Jersey | 04 March 2019

New proposed requirements for an economic substance test for Jersey tax-resident entities have been published to meet the requirements of the EU Code of Conduct Group. Among other things, specific consideration should be given to outsourcing arrangements, to each company within a relevant structure and to updating policies and procedures.

Corporate Tax

Mandatory disclosure rules
Jersey | 05 March 2021

The Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Mandatory Disclosure Rules for CRS Avoidance Arrangements and Opaque Offshore Structures) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 are expected to come into force shortly. The regulations will primarily affect promoters and service providers of certain arrangements, implementing a 30-day window to report disclosable arrangements to the Comptroller of Revenue. Failure to comply may lead to financial penalties and, in some instances, criminal penalties.

Economic substance: clarification of COVID-19 concession
Jersey | 12 February 2021

In March 2020 the Comptroller of Revenue released a concession confirming that where companies had to alter their operating practices to compensate for the COVID-19 outbreak, the comptroller would not determine that such company had failed the economic substance test under Article 6 of the Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019. Given that the pandemic remains ongoing, the comptroller recently issued further guidance in relation to the concession.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Reinstatement of a company
Jersey | 03 November 2017

The procedure governing the reinstatement of a dissolved Jersey limited company is contained in the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. Where a company has been dissolved or, most commonly, struck off the register by the registrar of companies after failing to file an annual return, the Royal Court has the power to declare the dissolution void and order the reinstatement of the company.

Private Client & Offshore Services

Mandatory disclosure rules
Jersey | 04 March 2021

The Taxation (Implementation) (International Tax Compliance) (Mandatory Disclosure Rules for CRS Avoidance Arrangements and Opaque Offshore Structures) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 are expected to come into force shortly. The regulations will primarily affect promoters and service providers of certain arrangements, implementing a 30-day window to report disclosable arrangements to the Comptroller of Revenue. Failure to comply may lead to financial penalties and, in some instances, criminal penalties.

Economic substance: clarification of COVID-19 concession
Jersey | 11 February 2021

In March 2020 the Comptroller of Revenue released a concession confirming that where companies had to alter their operating practices to compensate for the COVID-19 outbreak, the comptroller would not determine that such company had failed the economic substance test under Article 6 of the Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019. Given that the pandemic remains ongoing, the comptroller recently issued further guidance in relation to the concession.

In force: Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law, Order and Regulations
Jersey | 04 February 2021

The Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 2020 recently came into effect, introducing a revised statutory framework for reporting information on beneficial owners and controllers. This article provides an overview of the secondary legislation introduced under the law – namely, the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Order and the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Regulations – and the filing deadlines.

Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 202-
Jersey | 29 October 2020

This article looks at the government's introduction of new legislation in relation to beneficial ownership and controlling interests requirements. This new legislation, the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 202-, aims to implement in Jersey the requirements set out by the Financial Action Task Force, the intergovernmental body that sets standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

Jersey substance proposals – company perspective
Jersey | 28 February 2019

New proposed requirements for an economic substance test for Jersey tax-resident entities have been published to meet the requirements of the EU Code of Conduct Group. Among other things, specific consideration should be given to outsourcing arrangements, to each company within a relevant structure and to updating policies and procedures.

Changes to JFSC codes of practice
Jersey | 05 April 2018

The revised Jersey Financial Services Commission codes of practice came into force on March 21 2018. As a matter of urgency, regulated businesses should therefore review the changes to the codes and consider whether any new implementation measures are necessary. The changes to the codes have considered industry feedback and include both new and revised regulations to align Jersey with the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors standard.

JFSC Supervision Examination Guide
Jersey | 29 March 2018

The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) recently published its Supervisory Examination Guide. The guide, which is effective immediately, gives a detailed overview of the supervisory examinations conducted by the JFSC. Examinations are a key tool used by the JFSC to detect and deter breaches of regulatory standards and improve compliance.

Reinstatement of a company
Jersey | 02 November 2017

The procedure governing the reinstatement of a dissolved Jersey limited company is contained in the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. Where a company has been dissolved or, most commonly, struck off the register by the registrar of companies after failing to file an annual return, the Royal Court has the power to declare the dissolution void and order the reinstatement of the company.

Jersey Financial Services Commission – revised outsourcing policy
Jersey | 11 May 2017

The Jersey Financial Services Commission's recently published outsourcing policy achieves much by doing away with the distinction between delegation and outsourcing, which has historically been a source of confusion for registered persons conducting financial services business in Jersey. However, it has added an extra layer of regulatory burden on registered persons and non-regulated entities alike by broadening the definition of 'outsourced' activity.

Country-by-country reporting – Jersey legislation
Jersey | 23 March 2017

The States of Jersey recently passed the country-by-country reporting regulations in order to demonstrate Jersey's commitment to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Base Erosion and Profit Sharing project. Among other things, the regulations require Jersey entities and, where applicable, constituent entities to notify and, if required, to file a country-by-country report.

Country-by-country reporting – Guernsey legislation
Guernsey | 23 March 2017

The Channel Islands have demonstrated their commitment to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Base Erosion and Profit Sharing project by introducing local regulations to ensure that country-by-country reporting is conducted in accordance with the minimum requirements prescribed by the project. Guernsey's regulations require constituent entities which are resident for tax purposes in Guernsey to notify and, if required, to file a country-by-country report.

White Collar Crime

In force: Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law, Order and Regulations
Jersey | 08 February 2021

The Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 2020 recently came into effect, introducing a revised statutory framework for reporting information on beneficial owners and controllers. This article provides an overview of the secondary legislation introduced under the law – namely, the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Order and the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Regulations – and the filing deadlines.

Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 202-
Jersey | 02 November 2020

This article looks at the government's introduction of new legislation in relation to beneficial ownership and controlling interests requirements. This new legislation, the Financial Services (Disclosure and Provision of Information) (Jersey) Law 202-, aims to implement in Jersey the requirements set out by the Financial Action Task Force, the intergovernmental body that sets standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.