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EU blacklist released: Cayman cleared, but concerns remain

The Cayman Islands stays clear of the European Union’s tax blacklist.
But Bermuda and Aruba are among ten new additions on that list released on Tuesday (12 March.)
While Cayman was given a passing grade, the EU flagged this country’s economic substance requirements for local funds.
The Financial Services Ministry expressed satisfaction that Cayman was clear of the list.
As for the EU’s concern on investment funds, the ministry pointed out, in a statement, the global standard requiring economic substance does not include collective investment vehicles/funds.

Cayman has until the end of this year to make legislative changes as outlined by the EU.
The Ministry said it is committed to working with the EU to address their concerns.

The EU statement said, “based on the Commission’s screening, ministers blacklisted (on Tuesday) 15 countries.”

“Of those, 5 have taken no commitments since the first blacklist adopted in 2017American Samoa, Guam, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and US Virgin Islands. 3 others were on the 2017 list but were moved to the grey list following commitments they had taken but had to be blacklisted again for not having followed up: Barbados, Unites Arab Emirates and Marshall Islands. A further 7 countries were moved from the grey list to the blacklist for the same reason: Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, Fiji, Oman, Vanuatu and Dominica.”

Read the Ministry’s statement:

EU Reaffirms Cayman’s Cooperation – 12March2019

Read the EU tax blacklist statement:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-19-1629_en.htm

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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