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Economy and Banking Sector of the Cayman Islands

Withholding Tax

Withholding taxes are imposed at source of income and are often applied to dividends, interest, royalties, rent and similar payments. The rates of withholding tax are often reduced by double taxation agreements.

Withholding Tax Rates in the Cayman Islands: 0.0 - 0.0%

Withholding tax rates applied on payments of interest and dividends in Cayman Islands are shown in Table 1.

Dividends Interest
Natural person, resident 0.0 %0.0 %
Natural person, non-resident 0.0 %0.0 %
Table 1. Withholding tax rates in Cayman Islands.

Double Taxation Agreements

Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) is an agreement between two or more countries for the avoidance of double taxation.

DTAs of the Cayman Islands: 1 Signed Agreements

Cayman Islands signed DTAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 1 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):

 United Kingdom

Information Exchange

There are 3 ways for jusrisdictions to exchange information on tax matters:

  • spontaneously;
  • on request;
  • automatically.

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.

Automatic information exchange allows jurisdictions to exchange information automatically, without having a specific tax investigation.

Exchange on Request: 35 Signed Agreements

Cayman Islands signed TIEAs which already came info force with the following jurisdictions (for agreements which came into force after 1 January 2013 the date of coming into force is given in brackets):

 Argentina
 Aruba
 Australia
 Canada
 China
 Czech Republic (Sep 2013)
 Denmark
 Faroe Islands
 Finland
 France
 Germany
 Greenland
 Guernsey
 Iceland
 India
 Ireland
 Japan
 Mexico
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Norway
 Portugal
 South Africa
 Sweden
 United States

There are also several agreements between Cayman Islands and other jurisdictions which was signed but haven't yet come into force (for agreements signed after 1 January 2013 of signing the agreement is given in brackets):

 Belgium (Apr 2014)
 Brazil (Mar 2013)
 Curacao
 Italy
 Malta (Nov 2013)
 Poland (Nov 2013)
 Qatar
 Seychelles (Feb 2014)
 Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
 United States (Nov 2013)

Automatic Exchange: Starts in September 2017

Cayman Islands signed the automatic information exchange agreement on 29 October 2014 and committed to start the automatic information exchange in September 2017.

Automatic Excnange: 49 Bilateral Agreements to Receive Information

the Cayman Islands has signed bilateral agreements with 49 jurisdictions to automatically receive information:

 Argentina
 Australia
 Austria
 Belgium
 Brazil
 Bulgaria
 Canada
 China
 Colombia
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Estonia
 Faroe Islands
 Finland
 France
 Germany
 Greece
 Greenland
 Hungary
 Iceland
 India
 Ireland
 Italy
 Japan
 Korea, Republic of
 Latvia
 Liechtenstein
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Malaysia
 Malta
 Mauritius
 Mexico
 Monaco
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Norway
 Poland
 Portugal
 San Marino
 Seychelles
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
 South Africa
 Spain
 Sweden
 United Kingdom
 Uruguay

Automatic Excnange: 0 Bilateral Agreements to Send Information

the Cayman Islands has not singed any bilateral agreements to automatically send information.

Further Information

FATCA

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).

FATCA Status in the Cayman Islands
IGA in effect since 29 November 2013, Model 1

Cayman Islands has FATCA agreement with the U.S. in effect since 29 November 2013 (Intergovernmental Agreement Model 1). Financial institutions operating in Cayman 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 Cayman Island's financial accounts hold in U.S. financial institutions will not be reported to the Cayman Island's authorities.

Further Information