Sint Maarten

Overall determination on the legal framework: Not In Place

Sint Maarten’s legal framework to implement the AEOI Standard is not in place. This is because Sint Maarten has not put in place a domestic legislative framework requiring Reporting Financial Institutions to conduct the due diligence and reporting procedures (CR1) nor an international legal framework to exchange the information with all Interested Appropriate Partners (CR2).

The methodology used for the peer reviews and that therefore underpins this report is outlined in Chapter 2.

Sint Maarten has not yet implemented the necessary legal frameworks.

The detailed findings for Sint Maarten are below, organised per Core Requirement (CR) and sub-requirement (SR), as extracted from the AEOI Terms of Reference (www.oecd.org/tax/transparency/documents/aeoi-terms-of-reference.pdf).

Determination: Not In Place

Sint Maarten has not put in place a domestic legislative framework requiring Reporting Financial Institutions to conduct the due diligence and reporting procedures, therefore the CR1 Domestic legal framework is determined to be not in place. As no such framework is in place a detailed analysis in relation to each SR has not been possible.

Determination: Not In Place

Sint Maarten has not put in place the international legal framework to exchange the information with all of Sint Maarten’s Interested Appropriate Partners, therefore the CR2 International legal framework is determined to be not in place. As no such framework is in place a detailed analysis in relation to each SR has not been possible.

Notwithstanding the many setbacks that Sint Maarten has faced during the last few years, political instability and a major hurricane among others, Sint Maarten can announce that its primary legislation is finally in place and we are working diligently on having our secondary legislation put 'in place'. This is currently in the legislative process and our hopes are that this also can be finalized expeditiously. Only after this legislation is in place a notification to the Co-ordinating Body Secretariat pursuant to Section 7 of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Exchange of Financial Account Information, signed on behalf of the Competent Authority of Sint Maarten, can be considered in order to receive an 'In Place' determination regarding Sint Maarten's International legal framework.

Sint Maarten has started working on the Action Plan to meet the Confidentiality and Data safeguard requirements. The target date for this to be completed is September 2021.

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