India and Switzerland have signed an agreement for automatic exchange of information, marking another step in addressing the menace of black money stashed abroad. India should be able to access transactions by Indians with Swiss banks after September 2019.
In a statement the finance ministry noted that it will now be possible for India to receive from September, 2019 onwards, the financial information of accounts held by Indian residents in Switzerland for 2018 and subsequent years, on an automatic basis.
“Fighting the menace of black money stashed in offshore accounts has been a key priority area for this government,” it said adding that the implementation of automatic exchange of information (AEOI) between the two countries will further this goal.
Earlier this year, the finance ministry in a statement had noted that that there is no official estimation regarding black money of Indians stacked in Swiss banks.
“Recent media reports have quoted Zurich based Swiss National Bank as saying that money held by Indians in Swiss banks has fallen by nearly one-third,” minister of State for finance, Santosh Kumar Gangwar had said in a statement in Lok Sabha.
“These reports also say that the funds, described by Swiss National Bank as ‘liabilities’ of Swiss banks or ‘amounts due to’ their clients, are the official figures disclosed by the Swiss authorities and do not indicate to the quantum of quantum of alleged black money held by Indians in Switzerland,” he had said.