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Four more countries commit to OECD tax standards

 

 

07/04/2009 - The OECD welcomes recent commitments to the internationally agreed tax standard on exchange of information made by Costa Rica, Malaysia, Philippines and Uruguay. These were the four jurisdictions surveyed by the OECD Global Forum which had not made commitments as of the 2nd April. They have now officially informed the OECD that they commit to co-operate in the fight against tax abuse, that this year they will propose legislation to remove the impediments to the implementation of the standard and will incorporate the standard in their existing laws and treaties. 

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EU Commissioner László Kovács and Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría


As a result, they have been moved to the category of “jurisdictions that have committed to the internationally agreed tax standard, but have not yet substantially implemented” in the OECD progress report first issued on 2 April.


At a joint press conference with EU Commissioner László Kovács, the Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría said: “ We continue to see quick progress in the adoption of the OECD standard. I very much welcome that all jurisdictions surveyed by the OECD Global Forum are now committed. We need a level playing field and are looking forward to quick implementation of the standard.”

 

The progress report issued by the OECD on 2 April, following the G20 London Summit, shows progress in the implementation of the standard on exchange of information for tax purposes. The OECD will now work in the framework of its Committee on Fiscal Affairs and the Global Forum with all jurisdictions concerned on the implementationof these commitments, speeding up the process of concluding and negotiating tax information exchange agreements, achieving a swift and effective implementation, reviewing our Global Forum, and engaging developing countries.

The progress report issued by the OECD on 2 April, following the G20 London Summit, shows progress in the implementation of the standard on exchange of information for tax purposes.

   

 “ We continue to see quick progress in the adoption of the OECD standard. I very much welcome that all jurisdictions surveyed by the OECD Global Forum are now committed." OECD Angel Gurría

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The OECD will now work in the framework of its Committee on Fiscal Affairs and the Global Forum with all jurisdictions concerned on the implementation of these commitments, speeding up the process of concluding and negotiating tax information exchange agreements, achieving a swift and effective implementation, reviewing our Global Forum, and engaging developing countries.


For further information, journalists should contact Stephen Di Biasio, of the OECD’s media division (tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 03).

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Further information:

=> Visit the OECD's site on tax evasion - www.oecd.org/tax/evasion

=> Visit the OECD's site on tax - www.oecd.org/tax                                            


 

 

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