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F.No. s04l 632120 1 5-FT&TR-III( I )
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Direct Taxes
(Foreign Tax & Tax Research Division)
Dated 26'h May, 2016
Subiect: Clarifications for implementation of FATCA and CRS-ree
Pursuant to the consultations held with Financial Institutions (FIs)
regarding implementation of FATCA and CRS, the following clarifications are
Obtaining Self-Certifi cation
2.I Financial institutions are in the process of carrying out the due diligence
of financial accounts and obtaining self-certification from the account holders.
Representatives of FIs have informed that there are large number of financial
accounts and it is practically very difficult to physically obtain the self-
certification from the account holders. It has been requested to provide
alternative channels to obtain self-certification.
2.2 In view of the above, it has been decided that self-certification can also be
obtained through Internet Banking platform from the user account where the
customer has transaction rights.
Tax ldentification Number (TIN)
3.1 Several queries have been received on TIN. It is again clarified that TIN
is not required to be collected by the FIs if TIN (including its functional
equivalent) is not issued by the relevant country or territory outside India inwhich the person is resident for tax purposes.
3-2 It is also clarified that TIN is not required to be collected by the FIs even
from a person (resident for tax purposes in a country or territory outside India )who may be eligible to obtain a TIN (or the functional equivalent) in his countryor territory of residence, but has not yet obtained a TIN. Ho*.u.r, in this .ur.,FIs may note down this fact and seek TIN from the person after he obtains thesame.
4'l As per Rules, account balance or value of the financial account has to bereported. Queries have been received regarding account balance of a custodial
account. The custodial account of the customer maintained with the Depository/
Depository Participant/broker contains various kinds of securities. It has been
requested to issue valuation guidelines to determine the account balance/value
for the purpose of reporting.
4.2 In this regard, it has been decided that valuation of securities may be done
at the values regularly communicated by Depository (CDSLATSDL) to the
depository partic ipants/brokers.
Procedure for furnishing the report
5.1 In respect of the procedure for registration and submission of report under
FATCA and CRS, a new Notification No. 4 dated 06.04.2016 has been issued
by the Principal Director General of Income Tax (Systems) which is available
on the website of Income tax Department y114p1,-in-cometaxindia,gov.in-,
5.2 The Systems Directorate has also released a User Manual for
Registration, Upload & View of Form 6lB which can be found on
d Form-61Fo,rm61B*Form ! 5CC,pdfl-O ,541-9367 604612912
Under Secretary, FT&TR-III( I )