In a boost for international efforts to strengthen co-operation against offshore tax evasion, seven new countries have joined the agreement to exchange information automatically under the OECD/G20 standard.
In 2013, a Declaration on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting was adopted at the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), and this was followed in 2014 with the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters. Both Declarations called for updates on the progress made in these important areas, and this report sets out the key developments in both areas over the last 12 months.
El Salvador signed today the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, becoming the 86th signatory to the most comprehensive instrument for boosting international co-operation against offshore tax evasion.
The Convention was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD to promote international co-operation for a better operation of national tax laws, while respecting the fundamental rights of taxpayers.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today 9 new peer review reports, including a Phase 1 Supplementary Report for Switzerland, demonstrating continuing progress toward implementation of the international standard for exchange of information on request.
The Global Forum, in collaboration with the OECD and other partner organisations, will hold several training events on exchange of information this year. These training events will be open to all jurisdictions, including those that are not Global Forum members.
Switzerland has today become the 52nd jurisdiction to sign the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement, which will allow it to go forward with plans to activate automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters with other countries beginning in 2018.
The new OECD/G20 standard on automatic exchange of information was endorsed today by all OECD and G20 countries as well as major financial centres participating in the annual meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes in Berlin. A status report on committed and not committed jurisdictions will be presented to G20 leaders during their annual summit in Brisbane, Australia on November 15-16.
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Joint Statement by the countries and jurisdictions committed to early adoption of the new global standard on automatic exchange of information.
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This report shows progress by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.