09/11/2018 – Over 60 delegates from 16 countries, international and regional organisations, business, civil society and academia gathered in Yerevan, Armenia on 7-9 November 2018 for a regional meeting of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This was the latest in a series of regional meetings offering participants from different regions in the world the opportunity to provide their views and input into the Inclusive Framework on BEPS from a regional perspective and in a regional setting.
The event was hosted by the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia in co-operation with the OECD and the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA). Opened by the Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia, Mr. Davit Ananyan, the meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Nairuhi Avetisyan, Head of the Transfer Pricing and International Projects Division, State Revenue Committee of Armenia, and Mr. Wolfgang Büttner, Technical Taxation Expert at IOTA.
Participants shared and discussed the steps and actions taken in their respective jurisdictions to implement the BEPS measures which were released in October 2015. The meeting dealt with recent developments, in particular as regards to peer review mechanisms and timelines for the implementation of the four BEPS minimum standards and the signing of the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) to implement tax-treaty related BEPS measures. The meeting provided participants with the opportunity to work together on practical case studies on country-by-country reporting for the activities of multinational enterprises (BEPS Action 13), on preferential tax regimes and exchange of information on tax rulings (BEPS Action 5), as well as on treaty shopping and treaty abuse (BEPS Action 6).
Furthermore, the meeting gave an update on the transfer pricing follow-up work and the development of toolkits to support low-income countries. Participants discussed the range of capacity-building initiatives to strengthen countries' tax systems and administration including the joint OECD/UNDP initative Tax Inspectors Without Borders.