The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that weaknesses in one country’s health sector can rapidly become a health challenge for other countries. Additionally, as countries around the world, including Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco, face the current economic and health crisis, the sense of urgency to mobilise domestic resources has increased.
Governments have taken unprecedented fiscal action in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but countries will need to support economic recovery in the face of significantly increasing fiscal challenges, according a new OECD report.
While the size of fiscal packages has varied across countries, most have been significant, and some countries have taken unprecedented action. Initial government responses focused on providing income support to households and liquidity to businesses to help them stay afloat. As the crisis has continued, many countries have expanded their initial fiscal packages.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) published today nine new peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR). The new reports relate to jurisdictions with very diverse EOIR practice and their findings are equally contrasted.
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Latest data on tax policy measures taken by governments so far in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the implementation phase of a joint transfer pricing project between the OECD and Brazil, the OECD Secretariat and Receita Federal do Brasil are seeking public input to inform the work related to the development of safe harbours as well as other simplification measures and measures that can contribute to enhanced tax certainty.
The rapid spread of exchange of financial information (EOI) between countries over the past ten years has led to much increased transparency in tax matters. Today as yesterday, international co-operation is critical in combating tax evasion and helping domestic revenue mobilisation. Regrettably, many developing countries have not yet benefitted from these developments and are still struggling to enforce their tax legislations.
Despite good progress in increasing tax-to-GDP ratios and mobilising domestic revenues across economies in the Asia-Pacific region in 2018, tax revenues are expected to take a hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new OECD research.
Today we streamed the 16th episode of our OECD Tax Talks series with all the latest developments in our work. If you weren't able to watch the live event, the replay and presentation are now available.
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In addition to an update on the progress we are making to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy, the report provides the latest progress on other G20 deliverables: notably on tax transparency with the 2019 AEOI figures, implementation of the BEPS standards & capacity building for developing countries. There is an additional section relating to the work carried out in response to the COVID-19 crisis.