18/03/2019 - The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) published today seven peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR).
These reports are part of the second round of Global Forum reviews which assess jurisdictions against the updated standard which incorporates beneficial ownership information of all relevant legal entities and arrangements, in line with the definition used by the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations.
The seven jurisdictions reviewed – Hong Kong (China), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Spain and the Turks and Caicos Islands were rated “Largely Compliant”. These jurisdictions have demonstrated their progress on the deficiencies identified in the first round of reviews, including improving access to information, developing broader EOI agreement networks, monitoring the handling of increasing incoming EOI requests. These new reports also issue recommendations to the seven jurisdictions, in particular towards improving the measures related to the availability of beneficial ownership of all relevant entities and arrangements, as required in the strengthened standard.
The Global Forum, which will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary later this year, is the leading multilateral body mandated to ensure that jurisdictions around the world adhere to and effectively implement both the standard of transparency and exchange of information on request and the standard of automatic exchange of financial account information. This objective is achieved through a robust monitoring and peer review process. The Global Forum also runs an extensive technical assistance programme to provide support to its members in implementing the standards and helping tax authorities to make the best use of cross-border information sharing channels.
For additional information on the Global Forum, its peer review process, and to read all reports to date, go to: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/taxation/global-forum-on-transparency-and-exchange-of-information-for-tax-purposes-peer-reviews_2219469x.
For further information, journalists should contact Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, (+33 6 2630 4923) or Dónal Godfrey, Deputy Head of the Global Forum Secretariat (+ 33 1 4524 8743).