Tax Co-operation 2010: Towards a Level Playing Field: Assessment by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information

 

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Tax Co-operation 2010: Towards a Level Playing Field

Assessment by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information

This report has been prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, which includes both OECD and non-OECD jurisdictions.
In 2006, the Global Forum published a review of 82 jurisdictions’ legal and administrative frameworks in the areas of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, entitled Tax Co-operation: Towards a Level Playing Field – 2006 Assessment by the Global Forum on Taxation. This report is the fifth annual assessment, and now covers 93 jurisdictions.


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The Global Forum has been publishing its annual assessment of the legal and regulatory systems for the exchange of information in tax matters since 2006. This year’s update now covers more than 90 jurisdictions, including all OECD and G20 countries as well as all of the world’s major financial centres. New additions this year are Botswana, Brazil, Jamaica, Indonesia, Liberia and Qatar.

For each jurisdiction, the report sets out information on:

  • Agreements that meet the international standard for information exchange in tax matters;
  • Access to bank information for tax purposes;
  • Access to ownership, identity and accounting information;
  • Availability of ownership, identity and accounting information relating to companies, trusts,
    partnerships and foundations.

In September 2009, the Global Forum met in Mexico to strengthen its organisation and to respond to international calls for greater transparency and co-operation in tax matters. The new Global Forum has developed and launched a robust peer review mechanism of its members as well as relevant non-members. These peer reviews provide in-depth analysis of the systems for transparency and exchange of information in each jurisdiction and examine how their systems operate in practice. The Global Forum’s peer review reports build on the information contained in its annual assessments and provide even greater clarity and insight to the world of tax co-operation.


Table of contents

Chapter I. 2010: The year of implementation of the standards

 

Chapter II. What’s in this report

 

Chapter III.   Summary assessments 


Chapter IV.   Jurisdiction tables
 

 

Table A. Relationships providing for information exchange to the standard
Table B. Access to bank information

  • Table B.1. Bank secrecy
  • Table B.2. Access to bank information for EOI purposes
  • Table B.3. Procedures to obtain bank information for EOI purposes

Table C. Access to ownership, identity and accounting information

  • Table C.1. Information gathering powers
  • Table C.2. Statutory confidentiality or secrecy provisions
  • Table C.3. Bearer securities

Table D. Availability of ownership, identity and accounting information

  • Table D.1. Ownership information: companies
  • Table D.2. Trusts laws
  • Table D.3. Identity information: Trusts
  • Table D.4. Identity information: Partnerships
  • Table D.5. Identity information: Foundations
  • Table D.6. Accounting information: Companies
  • Table D.7. Accounting information: Trusts
  • Table D.8. Accounting information: Partnerships
  • Table D.9. Accounting information: Foundations

 

Annex A: Glossary of key concepts 
Annex B: Countries covered by this report 

 


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