Economic substance in the Cayman Islands

The International Tax Co-operation (Economic Substance) Law (the ES Law) was introduced in the Cayman Islands on 1 January 2019 in response to OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting framework and related EU initiatives in relation to what are known as ‘Geographically Mobile Activities’. Under the ES Law any relevant entity which carries on a relevant activity and receives relevant income in a financial period must satisfy the economic substance test in relation to that activity (ES Test) and make an annual filing with the TIA. Aside from the basic filing requirements, a relevant entity which does not carry on any relevant activity is not required to satisfy the ES Test. Harneys has issued a guide to assist directors and operators of Cayman Islands companies and limited liability partnerships. Download the pdf to read more.