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The tax burden in Canada declined by 0.1 percentage points from 30.7% to 30.6% in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. Canada’s standard federal GST rate of 5% is one of the lowest in the OECD. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
African tax administration representatives gathered under the auspices of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 25-26 November 2014 to set the framework for harmonising their revenue statistics.
The OECD has released statistics on the MAP caseloads of OECD member countries and certain Partner economies for the 2013 reporting period.
Public comments are invited on a discussion draft which deals with follow-up work mandated by the Report on Action 6 (“Prevent the granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances”) of the BEPS Action Plan.
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.
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This report by the OECD Secretary-General includes a first part on the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, the single global common standard on Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) and Tax and Development. The second part is a Progress Report by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
Engagement of developing countries in the international tax agenda, including on BEPS, is imperative, in particular to ensure they receive appropriate support to address the specific implementation challenges they face. The input received from developing countries has been fed directly into the development of the BEPS Action Plan.
Action 10 of the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting directs the OECD to develop transfer pricing rules to provide protection against common types of base eroding payments. A discussion draft of proposed modifications to Chapter VII of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines relating to low value-adding intra-group services was released for comment by interested parties today
The Committee on Fiscal Affairs (CFA) invites interested parties to send comments on this discussion draft, which includes the preliminary results of the work carried on with respect to issues related to the artificial avoidance of PE status and includes proposals for changes to the definition of permanent establishment found in the OECD Model Tax Convention.
This report contains the 2014 “Phase 2: Implementation of the Standards in Practice” Global Forum review of the Russian Federation.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the multilateral framework within which work in the area of tax transparency and exchange of information is carried out by over 120 jurisdictions which participate in the work of the Global Forum on an equal