The British Virgin Islands (BVI) are a British overseas territory situated in the Caribbean Sea.
Tourism and offshore financial services are the most important sectors of the British Virgin Islands' economy: each generates roughly half the national income.
There are 6 banks operating in the British Virgin Islands.
|Population (2012)||27 800|
|EU Status||not part of the EU (OCT)|
|Dependent Territory Of||United Kingdom (British Overseas Territory)|
|National Currency||USD (United States dollar)|
|Credit Ratings (as of Sep 2016)|
|Double Taxation Agreements||1 signed agreements|
|Exchange on Request||25 signed agreements|
|Automatic Exchange||starts in September 2017|
|FATCA||IGA in effect since 30 June 2014, Model 1|
|Deposit Guarantee Scheme|
|Maximum Protected Amount||0 USD|
|Banking Supervision||Financial Services Commission|
|Banking Sector Structure|
|Number of Banks||6|
|List of Banks in British Virgin Islands|
British Virgin Islands is one of the OCTs (Overseas Countries and Territories) of the European Union. This means that although its nationals are in principle EU citizens, British Virgin Islands is not part of the EU or directly subject to EU law.
Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) is an agreement between two or more countries for the avoidance of double taxation.
British Virgin Islands signed DTAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 01 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):
There are 3 ways for jusrisdictions to exchange information on tax matters:
Spontaneous exchange of information is provision of information that is forseeably relevant to another party without a request being previously sent.
Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) enable exchange of information on request relating to a specific tax investigation, either criminal or civil.
British Virgin Islands signed TIEAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 01 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):
There are also several agreements between British Virgin Islands and other jurisdictions which was signed but haven't yet come into force (for agreements signed after 01 January 2013 of signing the agreement is given in brackets):
Automatic information exchange allows jurisdictions to exchange information automatically, without having a specific tax investigation.
British Virgin Islands signed the automatic information exchange agreement on 29 October 2014 and committed to start the automatic information exchange in September 2017.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) which became law in the United States in March 2010, focuses on reporting made by foreign financial institutions about financial accounts held by US taxpayers or foreign entities in which US taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. The FATCA-reporting is facilitated by Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs).
British Virgin Islands has FATCA agreement with the U.S. in effect since 30 June 2014 (Intergovernmental Agreement Model 1). Financial institutions operating in British Virgin Islands are required to identify U.S. taxpayers by January 1, 2017 and to report the information for 2017 and the subsequent years. The agreement is non-reciprocal: the British Virgin Islands' financial accounts hold in U.S. financial institutions will not be reported to the British Virgin Islands' authorities.
FATCA and European countries
Deposit Guarantee Schemes compensate certain deposits held by depositors of a bank that becomes unable to meet its obligations.
There is no deposit guarantee scheme in British Virgin Islands.
Currently there are 6 credit institutions operating in British Virgin Islands.