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This annual report gives an overview of the Global Relations Tax Programme activities in 2016.
The main international organisations working on taxation – the IMF, OECD, UN and WBG – have announced today further details on how they will act together through a Platform for Collaboration on Tax as a response to the growing importance of taxation in the international financing for development debate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
On 1-3 March 2016, the OECD hosted two important events for the international tax community. The Task Force on Tax and Development and the Global Forum on Transfer Pricing gathered over 230 participants representing 84 jurisdictions and 11 international and regional organisations.
In-depth discussions took place this week as the international community continues to make progress on the international tax agenda. Officials from more than 100 countries drawing from tax authorities, ministries of finance, development agencies, as well as regional and international organisations, business and civil society came together in a series of meetings hosted by the OECD.
Under pressure to offer internationally-competitive tax environments, developing countries offer generous tax breaks that undermine their domestic resource mobilisation efforts with little demonstrable benefit in terms of increased investment. To assist developing countries, the Task Force on Tax and Development has developed a set of Principles to enhance the transparency and governance of tax incentives for developing countries.
The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development was created in January 2010. Its role is to advise the OECD Committees in delivering a Tax and Development Programme to improve the enabling environment for developing countries to collect taxes fairly and effectively.
Drawing on recent country experiences and an extensive range of studies, the Platform for Collaboration on Tax prepared this Toolkit aiming to take a fresh look at tax incentive policies in low income countries. The toolkit offers guidance on the design and governance of tax incentives and suggests good practices.
This event will review progress on tax and development made in 2015, including in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Financing for Development Conference, the Addis Tax Initiative, the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes and Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB).
Taxpayer education is the bridge linking tax administration and citizens and a key tool to transform tax culture. Covering innovative strategies in 28 countries, this publication offers ideas and inspiration for taxpayer education, literacy and outreach. The presentation ceremony, which took place in Bolivia, was attended by representatives of EuropeAid, EUROsociAL, Bolivia's National Tax Service and the OECD.
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This study adds to the evidence base of successful tax reforms by governments in developing countries where international support has helped.