Identifying the type of your entity can sometimes be difficult, but don’t worry! We have compiled a simple and easy guide for you to follow, that will help you understand the differences between companies’ classifications, so you should be able to find yours easily.

What is the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)?

CRS was introduced by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to stop companies from evading tax and hiding their finances in foreign accounts.

Your entity’s classification depends on its nature of business. It can be either a Financial Institution or non-financial entity, that are also divided into several categories.

Filling in the FINOM form

Depending on the country, our form has different options. If you are based in Germany, please read this article.

For France, you need to select one of the following options:

  • Reporting Financial Institution

  • Non-Reporting Financial Institution

  • Active Non-Financial Entity

  • Passive Non-Financial Entity

  • Governmental entity or International organisation

We will go through each option to help you identify an appropriate entity type.

Financial Institution (FI)

A Financial Institution (FI) is a company engaged in the business of dealing with financial and monetary transactions such as deposits, loans, investments, and currency exchange. Financial Institutions encompass a broad range of business operations within the financial services sector including banks, trust companies, insurance companies, brokerage firms, and investment dealers.

FIs are split into two categories: Reporting investment institutions (RFI) and Non-Reporting investment institutions (NRFI).

Choose a Reporting Financial Institution option in the form if your entity is:

  1. Custodial institution: holds securities of their customers for the purpose of safekeeping, guards them and prevents them from being lost or stolen, for example assets or cash. Custodial institutions can keep them in either physical or digital form.

  2. Depository institution: legally accepts money deposits from their customers, for example mortgage bank

  3. Investment entity: does investing or provides investment managing service to third parties, such as investors.

  4. Specified insurance company: any insurance company (or the holding company of an insurance company) that issues, or is obligated to make payments with respect to, a Cash Value Insurance Contract or an Annuity Contract

Non-Reporting Financial Institution (NRFI) is different, choose this option if your entity is:

  1. Broad participation retirement fund: provides retirement, disability, or death benefits, or any combination of the previously mentioned services, employees.

  2. Narrow participation retirement fund: fund established to provide retirement, disability, or death benefits to beneficiaries who are current or former employees

  3. Any other low risk entity: possess a low risk of tax evasion. To find whether your company is considered a low risk entity please check the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ)

  4. Exempt collective investment vehicle: regulated as a collective investment vehicle (for example mutual funds, ETFs), where the interests are held by or through individuals or entities that are NOT Reportable Persons.

  5. Trust: trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trust is still a NRFI even if its trustee is a RFI and reports all the required information.

  6. Qualified credit card issuer

  7. Central bank: a national bank that provides financial and banking services for its country's government

Non-Financial Entity (NFE)

The CRS refers to Non-Financial Entities by their acronym, NFEs. It is essentially any entity that is not a Financial Institution. NFEs are then split into Passive NFEs or Active NFEs.

Active NFEs

Active NFE refers to an entity with trading activities, whether state-owned or private. It’s an entity that operates an active trade or business with less than 50% passive income (gross) or has less than 50% assets that produce passive income, such as dividends and interest.

Choose an Active NFE option in the form if your entity is:

  • Active business: manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants and bars, hotels, construction companies, health and social work

  • Publicly traded entities: corporations with its securities listed on stock exchange

  • Start-up NFEs

  • NFEs in the process of liquidation

  • Non-profit company: must satisfy Active NFE condition

Passive NFE

Passive NFE is an entity that is not considered an Active NFE. It is an entity where more than 50% of its income is said to be "passive" (dividends, rent, interest, capital gains, etc.) or when more than 50% of its assets generate passive income.

Choose Passive NFE option in the form if your company is:

  • Trust

  • Church

  • Government Schools

  • Non-profit companies

  • Investment entity located in a non-participating jurisdiction or managed by another Financial Institution

  • Family-owned property company

  • Investment fund (considered a passive NFE only when more than 50% of its income is passive)

  • Asset management company (considered a passive NFE only when more than 50% of its income is passive)

Note: If you are still unsure of the entity type of your business, but you have a regular business that does not manage finances (except its own), does not manage other companies and does not belong to the government or foreign organisations, stick to Passive Non-Financial Entity.

Government Entity and International Organisations: Government entity is an entity that, depending on activity, can either be a Financial Institution or non-financial entity. It is fully owned by the government, where no portion of the income should insure to private persons, does not conduct a business that provides commercial financial services to private persons. International Organisation is an entity established by a treaty or other instrument governed by international law. If your company falls under any of these definitions, please choose the Government Entity or International Organisation option.

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