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India faces the same challenges as every OECD member country: how to adapt its domestic tax system and its international tax policies to a borderless economy, and how to ensure that the approaches embraced today will be well suited to meet the needs of the economy of tomorrow, said OECD Secretary-General. OECD can offer to India a forum for sharing worldwide experiences and benchmarking national policies against best practices, a
Equitable and efficient tax systems and administrations have an important role to play in securing domestic funding for development, according to Angel Gurría. He added that African policy makers need to reform tax systems and generate revenues, to complement external sources of financing, such as official development assistance, remittances and foreign direct investment.
As a result of details provided to the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, Brazil and Indonesia are now ranked in the category of jurisdictions that have substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.
Average tax and social security burdens on employment incomes fell slightly in 24 out of 30 OECD countries last year as governments struggled to shore up faltering economies amid the worst recession in decades.
The OECD and the Council of Europe have agreed on an update to an international treaty that aims to help governments enforce their tax laws, as part of the worldwide drive to combat cross-border tax evasion.
Since the April 2009 G20 London Summit, almost 300 tax agreements have been signed to meet OECD standards on tax transparency and effective exchange of information. All OECD and G20 countries are committed to these standards.
A new law on access to bank information will enable Chile to exchange banking information under existing tax treaties, thereby complying with the internationally agreed tax standard for exchange of information.
The recession is taking its toll on tax receipts across the OECD. Aggregate tax burdens in OECD economies, calculated as the ratio of tax revenues to gross domestic product, or GDP, were unchanged between 2006 and 2007, and then fell in 2008.
Singapore has today signed a protocol with France that brings the two countries’ to bilateral tax treaty into line with the OECD standard on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.
Attending the International tax dialogue conference in Beijing, Mr. Gurría reminded that globalisation requires strengthened international co-operation on taxation which is essential to finance public services, infrastructure development and poverty reduction in rich and poor countries alike.