For entities with a financial year end of 31 December, the deadline for filing the ES Return or TRO form (as applicable) in respect of the 2020 reporting period (1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020) is 31 December 2021. For entities with a different financial year end, the general rule is that the ES Return or TRO Form is required to be submitted within 12 months after the end of the entity’s applicable financial year.
Relevant Entities that conducted one or more Relevant Activities during the course of 2020 should have notified the TIA of their status under the Act earlier this year by filing an Economic Substance Notification (“ES Notification”) through their registered office service provider. A Relevant Entity that only commenced conducting a Relevant Activity in 2021 will be required to notify the TIA of this and provide the details of a primary contact person (“Responsible Person”) (often the registered office service provider) for reporting purposes as part of the ES Notification in early 2022. An ES Return would then be required within 12 months of the entity’s financial year end.
The annual ES Return should be filed electronically via the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation Portal (“DITC Portal”). A link to access the DITC Portal should have been sent to the Responsible Person nominated as part of the previous annual ES Notification. Sample returns and forms are available on the DITC website including the general economic substance return, a separate economic substance return for pure equity holding companies, an economic substance return for high risk IP companies and the TRO form. Responsible Persons should access the DITC Portal to file the ES Return or TRO form as applicable.
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1From 30 June 2021, the Act also applies to general partnerships, limited partnerships, exempted limited partnerships and foreign limited partnerships registered in Cayman after that date. For partnerships that were already in existence as at 30 June 2021, the Act will apply from 1 January 2022. See our Alert for further details.