CRS Individual Self-Certification Form

Read these instructions before completing the form

Why are we asking you to complete this form?

To help protect the integrity of tax systems, governments around the world have introduced an information gathering and reporting requirement for financial institutions. This is known as the Common Reporting Standard ('the CRS').

Under the CRS, we are required to determine where you are 'tax resident' (this will usually be where you are liable to pay income taxes). We may give the national tax authority this information, along with information relating to your accounts. That may then be shared between different countries' tax authorities.

Completing this form will ensure that we hold accurate and up-to-date information about your tax residency.

If your circumstances change and any of the information provided in this form becomes incorrect, please let us know immediately and provide an updated Self-Certification.

Who should complete the CRS Individual Self-Certification Form?

Individual traders and joint account holders should complete this form. For joint account holders, each individual will need to complete a copy of the form.

Where to go for further information

If you have any questions about this form, please contact your sales representative directly at FXCM or call us. Click here for FAQs.

The 'Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development' (OECD) has developed the rules to be used by all governments participating in the CRS and these can be found on the OECD's Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) website.

If you have any questions on how to define your tax residency status, please visit the OECD website or speak to a professional tax adviser as we are not allowed to give tax advice.

You can find a list of definitions in the Appendix.

Complete Parts 1 – 3 below

PART 1 - INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT HOLDER – IDENTIFICATION

Please ensure you list your name in the same format as the name on your FXCM account(s).
Please list the email on file with your FXCM account(s).
List one of the account numbers you hold with FXCM. Information provided will apply to any and all accounts you hold under FXCM Group, even if not specifically listed above.

PART 2 - COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE FOR TAX PURPOSES AND RELATED TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER OR FUNCTIONAL EQUIVALENT ("TIN")

Please provide the Account Holder tax residency and the Account Holder TIN for each tax residency selected.

If the Account Holder is a tax resident in more than three countries please submit a separate form listing each additional country.


PART 3 - DECLARATIONS AND SIGNATURE

By submitting this form, I declare that all statements made in this declaration are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, correct and complete.

I undertake to advise FXCM within 30 days of any change in circumstances which affects the tax residency status of the individual identified in Part 1 of this form or causes the information contained herein to become incorrect, and to provide FXCM with a suitably updated self-certification and Declaration within 90 days of such change in circumstances.

APPENDIX – DEFINITIONS

Note: These are selected definitions provided to assist you with the completion of this form. Further details can be found within the OECD Common Reporting Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (the CRS"), the associated Commentary to the CRS, and domestic guidance. This can be found at the following link: http://www.oecd.org/tax/transparency/automaticexchangeofinformation.htm

"Account Holder" The term 'Account Holder' means the person listed or identified as the holder of a Financial Account. A person, other than a Financial Institution, holding a Financial Account for the benefit of another person as an agent, a custodian, a nominee, a signatory, an investment advisor, an intermediary, or as a legal guardian, is not treated as the Account Holder. In these circumstances that other person is the Account Holder. For example in the case of a parent/ child relationship where the parent is acting as a legal guardian, the child is regarded as the Account Holder. With respect to a jointly held account, each joint holder is treated as an Account Holder.

"Controlling Person" This is a natural person who exercises control over an entity. Where an entity Account Holder is treated as a Passive Non-Financial Entity ('NFE') then a Financial Institution must determine whether such Controlling Persons are Reportable Persons. This definition corresponds to the term 'beneficial owner' as described in Recommendation 10 of the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations (as adopted in February 2012).

"Entity" The term 'Entity' means a legal person or a legal arrangement, such as a corporation, organisation, partnership, trust or foundation.

"Financial Account" A Financial Account is an account maintained by a Financial Institution and includes: Depository Accounts; Custodial Accounts; Equity and debt interest in certain Investment Entities; Cash Value Insurance Contracts; and Annuity Contracts.

"Participating Jurisdiction" A Participating Jurisdiction means a jurisdiction with which an agreement is in place pursuant to which it will provide the information required on the automatic exchange of financial account information set out in the Common Reporting Standard.

"Reportable Account" The term 'Reportable Account' means an account held by one or more Reportable Persons or by a Passive NFE with one or more Controlling Persons that is a Reportable Person

"Reportable Jurisdiction" A Reportable Jurisdiction is a jurisdiction with which an obligation to provide financial account information is in place.

"Reportable Person" A Reportable Person is defined as an individual who is tax resident in a Reportable Jurisdiction under the tax laws of that jurisdiction. Dual resident individuals may rely on the tiebreaker rules contained in tax conventions (if applicable) to solve cases of double residence for purposes of determining their residence for tax purposes.

"TIN" (including 'functional equivalent') The term 'TIN' means Taxpayer Identification Number or a functional equivalent in the absence of a TIN. A TIN is a unique combination of letters or numbers assigned by a jurisdiction to an individual or an Entity and used to identify the individual or Entity for the purposes of administering the tax laws of such jurisdiction.

Further details of acceptable TINs can be found at the following link: http://www.oecd.org/tax/transparency/automaticexchangeofinformation.htm

Some jurisdictions do not issue a TIN. However, these jurisdictions often utilise some other high integrity number with an equivalent level of identification (a 'functional equivalent'). Examples of that type of number include, for individuals, a social security/insurance number, citizen/personal identification/service code/number, and resident registration number.


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