What is DAC6 and Why You Need to Know All About It If You Have a Corporate Structure Involving More Than One Legal Entity and / or Nominees

What is DAC6 and Why You Need to Know All About It If You Have a Corporate Structure Involving More Than One Legal Entity and / or Nominees

The landscape of international tax compliance and disclosure is continually evolving, and one of the critical components in recent years is the DAC6 directive issued by the European Union. This directive plays an instrumental role in promoting transparency and curbing aggressive tax planning. If your corporate structure involves multiple legal entities or uses nominees, it’s vital to understand the implications of DAC6. Here’s a comprehensive guide.

Understanding DAC6

The DAC6 (Directive on Administrative Cooperation) is an EU directive aimed at promoting tax transparency and fairness within the European Union. It mandates the reporting of certain cross-border tax arrangements that could potentially be used for aggressive tax planning.

Key Aspects:

It concerns cross-border tax arrangements involving at least one EU member state.

It focuses on “reportable cross-border arrangements” that have the potential for aggressive tax planning.

The onus is on intermediaries (such as tax advisors, accountants, banks, and lawyers) to report these arrangements. However, in cases where there isn’t an intermediary, or the intermediary has legal privilege, the obligation may shift to the taxpayer themselves.

Implications for Multi-Entity Corporate Structures and Nominee Involvement

Enhanced Scrutiny: Companies with intricate structures involving multiple legal entities often engage in cross-border transactions, which may fall under the purview of DAC6. Such structures, especially if they have characteristics or hallmarks identified in the directive, will be under greater scrutiny.

Nominee Transparency: The use of nominees in corporate structures often brings about a layer of privacy for the ultimate beneficial owners. With DAC6, structures that leverage nominees might face challenges if the arrangements can be seen as a means of aggressive tax planning.

Reporting Obligations: The directive puts the responsibility on intermediaries. If you’re using a service like a law firm or a corporate service provider, they may have the duty to report any arrangement that falls under DAC6. If you don’t have an intermediary, or if they’re exempt due to legal privilege, your company might need to report directly.

Why It’s Crucial to Be Informed

Penalties: Non-compliance with DAC6 can lead to substantial penalties, depending on the member state’s local legislation. These can be financial fines or even reputational damage.

Proactive Management: Understanding the nuances of DAC6 allows businesses to be proactive. Companies can evaluate their existing structures and transactions to ensure they’re compliant and not at risk.

Strategic Decision Making: With clear knowledge of what DAC6 entails, companies can make informed decisions about future cross-border arrangements, ensuring they’re structured optimally without raising red flags.


In a world emphasizing tax transparency, directives like DAC6 are becoming increasingly significant. For businesses with complex structures involving multiple entities or nominees, understanding and complying with DAC6 isn’t just a recommendation; it’s a necessity.

At BNC Buy Now Companies, we recognize the complexities that modern businesses face, especially in the realm of international tax compliance. Our experts are well-versed in global regulations, including DAC6, ensuring your corporate structures are both efficient and compliant. Navigate the intricacies of tax compliance with confidence. For more insights and tailored solutions, visit www.buynowcompanies.com.

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