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  • 9-May-2017

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    OECD Tax Database

    Comparative information on a range of tax statistics that are levied in the 34 OECD member countries. Tax revenues, personal income taxes, corporate and capital income taxes, social security contributions, VAT and excise duties.

  • 13-April-2017

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    Tax experts gather at the OECD to discuss solutions for common challenges in the design and operation of VAT systems

    Approximately 300 participants, representing over 100 delegations from countries, jurisdictions and international organisations, as well as representatives from the business community and academia, gathered in Paris for the fourth meeting of the OECD Global Forum on VAT on 12-14 April 2017.

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  • 13-April-2017

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    Global Forum on VAT

    The fourth meeting of the OECD Global Forum on VAT will focus in particular on the policy and operational challenges faced by tax authorities in the era of digital globalisation, and on the efficient and the effective implementation of the standards and mechanisms for addressing these challenges recommended by the International VAT/GST Guidelines. It will take place in Paris on 12-14 April 2017.

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  • 12-April-2017

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    International VAT/GST Guidelines

    Value Added Tax (VAT; also known as Goods and Services Tax, under the acronym GST in a number of OECD countries) has become a major source of revenue for governments around the world. Some 165 countries operated a VAT at the time of the completion of the International VAT/GST Guidelines in 2016, more than twice as many as 25 years before. As VAT continued to spread across the world, international trade in goods and services has also expanded rapidly in an increasingly globalised economy. One consequence of these developments has been the greater interaction between VAT systems, along with growing risks of double taxation and unintended non-taxation in the absence of international VAT co-ordination.

    The International VAT/GST Guidelines now present a set of internationally agreed standards and recommended approaches to address the issues that arise from the uncoordinated application of national VAT systems in the context of international trade. They focus in particular on trade in services and intangibles, which poses increasingly important challenges for the design and operation of VAT systems worldwide. They notably include the recommended principles and mechanisms to address the challenges for the collection of VAT on cross-border sales of digital products that had been identified in the context of the OECD/G20 Project on Base and Erosion and Profit Shifting (the BEPS Project).

    These Guidelines were adopted as a Recommendation by the Council of the OECD in September 2016.

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  • 30-November-2016

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    Consumption Tax Trends 2016 - VAT/GST and excise rates, trends and policy issues

    Consumption Tax Trends provides information on Value Added Tax/Goods and Services Tax (VAT/GST) and excise duty rates in OECD member countries. It also contains information about indirect tax topics such as international aspects of VAT/GST developments and the efficiency of this tax. It also describes a range of taxation provisions such as the taxation of motor vehicles, tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

  • 30-November-2016

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    Consumption Tax Trends: Key findings for all countries

    These country specifc documents provide figures on VAT/GST rates and VAT revenue ratios for OECD member countries from the latest OECD Consumption Tax Trends publication.

  • 26-October-2016

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    Brochure - OECD work on taxation

    This brochure highlights the key areas of work of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the various groups that it serves.

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  • 24-June-2016

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    Tax challenges, disruption and the digital economy

    While the digital economy cannot be separated out from the rest of the economy, it is equally clear that some specific features of the digital economy may exacerbate the risks of base erosion and profit shifting for tax purposes–namely mobility (e.g. intangibles, business functions), reliance on data (and other forms of user input), network effects, and the spread of multi-sided business models.

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  • 6-November-2015

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    OECD delivers international standard for collection of VAT on cross-border sales

    Governments have taken an important step towards ensuring that consumption taxes on cross-border transactions are effectively paid in the jurisdiction where products are consumed, while minimizing the risks that uncoordinated tax rules distort international trade.

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  • 5-October-2015

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    Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy, Action 1 - 2015 Final Report

    The spread of the digital economy poses challenges for international taxation. This report sets out an analysis of these tax challenges.  It notes that because the digital economy is increasingly becoming the economy itself, it would not be feasible to ring-fence the digital economy from the rest of the economy for tax purposes. The report notes, however, that certain business models and key features of the digital economy may exacerbate BEPS risks, and shows the expected impact of measures developed across the BEPS Project on these risks.  The report also describes rules and implementation mechanisms to enable efficient collection of value-added tax (VAT) in the country of the consumer in cross-border business-to-consumer transactions, which will help level the playing field between foreign and domestic suppliers. The report also discusses and analyses options to deal with the broader tax challenges raised by the digital economy, noting the need for monitoring developments in the digital economy over time.

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