The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the multilateral framework within which work in the area of tax transparency and exchange of information is carried out by over 120 jurisdictions which participate in the work of the Global Forum on an equal footing.
The Global Forum is charged with in-depth monitoring and peer review of the implementation of the standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. These standards are primarily reflected in the 2002 OECD Model Agreement on Exchange of Information on Tax Matters and its commentary, and in Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital and its commentary as updated in 2004, which has been incorporated in the UN Model Tax Convention.
The standards provide for international exchange on request of foreseeably relevant information for the administration or enforcement of the domestic tax laws of a requesting party. “Fishing expeditions” are not authorised, but all foreseeably relevant information must be provided, including bank information and information held by fiduciaries, regardless of the existence of a domestic tax interest or the application of a dual criminality standard.
All members of the Global Forum, as well as jurisdictions identified by the Global Forum as relevant to its work, are being reviewed. This process is undertaken in two phases. Phase 1 reviews assess the quality of a jurisdiction’s legal and regulatory framework for the exchange of information, while Phase 2 reviews look at the practical implementation of that framework. Some Global Forum members are undergoing combined – Phase 1 plus Phase 2 – reviews. The ultimate goal is to help jurisdictions to effectively implement the international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.
The Second Meeting of the Global Forum on VAT took place on 17-18 April in Tokyo, Japan. The Global Forum on VAT is a platform for a global dialogue on international VAT standards and key issues of VAT policy and operation.
Public comments are invited on a new discussion draft which includes proposals on how to deal with the follow-up work on Action 6 (Prevent Treaty Abuse) of the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).
At the second international Forum on Tax and Crime in Rome, the OECD Capacity Building Programme for Tax Crime Investigators was launched to help countries develop the skills of criminal investigators through intensive training courses on the latest investigative techniques.
A public consultation on BEPS Action 11 (Data analysis) will be held in Paris at the OECD Conference Centre on 18 May 2015.
Public comments are invited on a new discussion draft which includes proposals resulting from the work on Action 7 (Prevent the Artificial Avoidance of PE Status) of the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).
On 16 April 2015, interested parties were invited to comment on the discussion draft on Action 11 (Data Analysis) of the BEPS Action Plan. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and is now publishing the comments received.
A public consultation on BEPS Action 3 (Strengthening CFC Rules) will be held in Paris at the OECD Conference Centre on 12 May 2015.
A public consultation on BEPS Action 12 (Mandatory Disclosure Rules) will be held in Paris at the OECD Conference Centre on 11 May 2015.
On 3 April 2015, interested parties were invited to comment on the discussion draft on Action 3 (Strengthening CFC Rules) of the BEPS Action Plan. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and now publishes the comments received.