Today’s signing is both timely and important as the G20 has endorsed automatic exchange of information as the new global standard. This Convention provides the ideal instrument to swiftly implement automatic exchange, and to do so with a wide range of partners. This also represents another significant step in the strengthening of collaboration between China and the OECD, said Angel Gurría.
The joint challenges of tax evasion and tax base erosion lie at the heart of the social contract. Our citizens are demanding that we tackle offshore tax evasion by wealthy individuals and re-vamp the international tax system to prevent multinational enterprises from artificially shifting profits, resulting in very low taxes or even double non-taxation and thereby eroding our tax base.
We do not seek harmonisation of tax systems or of tax rates. We aim to close the gaps and reduce the frictions between outdated tax systems and today’s business practices, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.
We have 9 countries here today who are signing the Multilateral Convention, 2 countries who are signing a letter of intent to sign the Convention and 6 who are depositing instruments of ratification, said Angel Gurría.
Due to recent events, tax evasion has received unprecedented attention by media worldwide, and citizens are voicing their concerns and expectations for governments to act. This is an essential issue which the G20 must tackle, now more than ever, said OECD Secretary-General in Washington.
The fiscal and taxation reforms will be more than ever necessary in China to ensure that growth becomes more inclusive. So far, China has had a major success in reducing the poverty. But additional tax reforms will be needed to reduce further inequality in disposable income and across regions, as well as to help reduce the rural-urban divide.
Base erosion is a serious threat to the viability of our countries. It constitutes a major risk to tax revenues, tax sovereignty and tax fairness, said Angel Gurría in his opening remarks at the 2nd Global Forum on Transfer Pricing.
The OECD continues its work to improve the effectiveness of automatic exchange of information as a compliance tool and to ensure that the information exchanged will remain secure and confidential, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.
Secretary-General Angel Gurría provided closing remarks at the first meeting of the OECD Global Forum on Value Added Tax (VAT) held in Paris. The meeting focused on designing efficient and equitable VAT systems and analyzing their impacts on international trade.
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Public debt in the OECD area passed annual GDP in 2011 and is still rising. This paper was prepared for the Reserve Bank of India Second International Research Conference 2012: “Monetary Policy, Sovereign Debt and Financial Stability: The New Trilemma”, 1-2 February, 2012 in Mumbai, India