30May2019

Bermuda Economic Substance Requirements for In Scope Entities

Bermuda passed economic substance legislation in December 2018 (ES Law) as part of the international initiatives for fairer taxation globally and, in particular, to address the technical scoping paper of the European Union (EU) for jurisdictions designated by the EU as ‘2.2 Jurisdictions’ (Scoping Paper). This 2.2 Scoping Paper set out criteria relating to ‘economic substance’ of certain entities doing business in or through these 2.2 Jurisdictions. Bermuda is a 2.2 Jurisdiction. The ES Law requires that a Registered Entity (which does not include a trust or partnership without legal personality) carrying on a Relevant Activity comply with certain economic substance and reporting requirements. For information on what business activity constitutes a Relevant Activity and these economic substance and reporting requirements affecting in scope Registered Entities reference should be made to our Memorandum.

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