Publications & Documents


  • 10-July-2009

    English

    Bahrain expands its network of information exchange agreements

    The Kingdom of Bahrain has recently signed double taxation conventions with Bulgaria (26 June 2009) and Austria (2 July 2009) that provide for exchange of information in accordance with the OECD standard. These agreements bring to 12 the number of agreements that Bahrain has signed that meet the OECD standard. As a result, Bahrain can be considered as having substantially implemented the internationally agreed standard in this area.

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  • 9-July-2009

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    G8 Leaders acknowledge progress in promoting tax information exchange and transparency

    In a statement following their 8 July meeting in L’Aquila, the G8 leaders stated "all jurisdictions must now quickly implement their commitments... an appropriate follow up framework is needed to fully benefit from this renewed emphasis on tax information exchange and transparency... We ask the OECD to swiftly address these challenges, propose further steps and report by the time of the next G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting.”

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  • 8-July-2009

    English

    Luxembourg makes progress in OECD standards on tax information exchange

    Luxembourg has signed a protocol to its double taxation convention with Norway, bringing to 12 the number of agreements it has on exchange of information for tax purposes.

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  • 7-July-2009

    English

    Building Transparent Tax Compliance by Banks

    This book analyses the role banks play in the provision of aggressive tax planning arrangements. It examines the nature of banking, the complex structured financing transactions developed by banks and how they are then used by both banks and their clients. It also explores the internal governance processes that banks use to manage tax risk and the prevention, detection and response strategies applied by different revenue bodies in responding to the challenges that banks pose. The book makes a number of recommendations for revenue bodies and identifies best practices for consideration by banks.
  • 3-July-2009

    English, PDF, 481kb

    Standard Business Reporting

    This guidance note seeks to provide sufficient information about Standard Business Reporting (SBR) to enable revenue bodies to consider its relevance to their Government and play a major role in cross-Government deliberations and implementation, if deemed appropriate. It has been prepared following research by HMRC officials and with the assistance of revenue bodies participating in the FTA's Taxpayer Services Sub-group.

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  • 3-July-2009

    English, PDF, 767kb

    Compliance Management of Large Business Task Group: Experiences and Practices of Eight OECD Countries

    This guidance note presents an overview of approaches and methods used by tax administrations in managing large taxpayers’ compliance. Recognising that large business taxpayers are different from other groups of taxpayers, many tax administrations have instituted specific organisational and management arrangements as well as special compliance programmes as part of a strategy to deal effectively with this segment of taxpayers.

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  • 3-July-2009

    English, PDF, 582kb

    General Administrative Principles: Corporate governance and tax risk management

    This information note shares and builds on the experiences and lessons of Australia, Canada and Chile in encouraging good corporate governance and continuing to develop approaches to sound tax risk management. Despite these countries’ diverse regulatory environments and experiences they suggest a number of common benefits, challenges, and best practice considerations.

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  • 25-June-2009

    English

    Banking on fair tax

    The financial crisis might not have been caused by taxation, but it nonetheless raises concerns about evasion, compliance and transparency in financial markets. The OECD Observer asked South Africa's minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, who chairs the OECD's Forum on Tax Administration, to explain.

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  • 25-June-2009

    English

    Tackling tax abuse

    Article in the OECD Observer (June 2009). Though OECD work on making international tax fairer began over 50 years ago, it was not until 1998 and a report on harmful tax competition that the OECD stepped up its work against tax evasion, tax havens and abuse.

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  • 25-June-2009

    English

    Open book

    Interview with Klaus Tschütscher, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, for the OECD Observer (June 2009).

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