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On 17-18 November 2008, the OECD held a consultation with business commentators on comparability and profit methods for transfer pricing purposes.
Some 16 new bilateral agreements on exchange of information for tax purposes signed this week between OECD countries and the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Jersey mark an important step forward in efforts to bring greater transparency to cross-border financial transactions.
OECD consults on its project on high net wealth individuals
On October 15, OECD will publish the 2008 edition of its annual Revenue Statistics, which presents detailed comparable tax data in a common format for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards.
The Isle of Man and the United Kingdom announced that they have signed a bilateral agreement for the exchange of information for tax purposes, bringing to 11 the number of such agreements entered into by the Isle of Man.
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The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally
In a context of fiscal surpluses,the Canadian government has been: markedly reducing corporate income and capital taxes; providing more personal tax relief especially at lower incomes and above all for saving; and cutting the federal value added tax (GST).
On 17 July 2008, the OECD Council approved the release of the 2008 Report on the Attribution of Profits to Permanent Establishments.
Despite considerable progress in many areas, there remains substantial scope for making government operations more cost-effective. Brazil spends a high share of GDP on selected government financed programmes in relation to many OECD countries and its emerging-market peers, but outcome indicators are often comparatively poor. As a result, in the absence of efficiency gains, further increases in spending would need to be financed
Despite the current problems related to the global financial and economic crisis, ongoing macroeconomic adjustment continues to bear fruit. Attainment of the primary budget surplus targets has delivered falling public debt-to-GDP ratios since 2003. Prudent debt management has reduced refinancing risk and external vulnerabilities. The forward looking conduct of monetary policy within a framework combining inflation targeting with a