Publications & Documents


  • 28-April-2014

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    Better Policies for Development 2014 - Policy Coherence and Illicit Financial Flows

    This edition of Better Policies for Development focuses on illicit financial flows and their detrimental effects on development and growth. Every year, huge sums of money are transferred out of developing countries illegally. The numbers are disputed, but illicit financial flows are often cited as outstripping official development aid and inward investment. These flows strip resources from developing countries that could be used to finance much-needed public services, such as health care and education.

    This report defines policy coherence for development as a global tool for creating enabling environments for development in a post-2015 context. It shows that coherent policies in OECD countries in areas such as tax evasion, anti-bribery and money laundering can contribute to reducing illicit financial flows from developing countries. It also provides an update on OECD efforts to develop a monitoring matrix for policy coherence for development, based upon existing OECD indicators of ‘policy effort’. The report also includes contributions from member states. Most illustrate national processes to deal with policy coherence for development beyond 2015.

  • 24-April-2014

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    International community continues making progress on tax transparency

    The international community continues making progress toward greater cooperation to ensure effective information exchange in tax matters. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes issued today 12 new reports that highlight action being taken by jurisdictions to implement the international standard for exchange of information on request.

  • 24-April-2014

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    How to improve taxes and transfers in Israel

    Ensuring tax and transfer systems bring sufficient revenue to reach macroeconomic fiscal targets, address societal goals in re-distribution and social welfare, recognise the influence taxation has on businesses’ competitiveness and adequately address environmental externalities is a tough challenge, arguably more so in Israel than in many other OECD countries.

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  • 23-April-2014

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    Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries - Measuring OECD Responses

    This publication identifies the main areas of weakness and potential areas for action to combat money-laundering, tax evasion, foreign bribery, and to identify, freeze and return stolen assets. It also looks at the role of development agencies and finds that the potential returns to developing countries from using ODA on issues like combating tax evasion or asset recovery are significant.  Finally, it identifies some opportunities for a scaled-up role for development agencies.

  • 18-April-2014

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    Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

    The governments of 86 countries have taken a key step towards preventing value added tax from weighing on trade while also safeguarding state revenues by endorsing the first internationally agreed framework for applying national VAT rules to cross-border transactions.

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  • 16-April-2014

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    Comments received on discussion draft on Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy published

    On 24 March 2014, the OECD invited comments from interested parties on the Discussion Draft on Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy related to Action 1 of the BEPS Action Plan. The OECD now publishes the comments received.

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  • 11-April-2014

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    Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

    Personal income tax has risen in 25 out of 34 OECD countries over the past three years, as countries reduce the value of tax-free allowances and tax credits and subject higher proportions of earnings to tax, according to new data in the annual Taxing Wages publication.

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  • 11-April-2014

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  • 7-April-2014

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    Measuring R&D Tax Incentives

    Research & development tax incentives have become an important policy instrument in several OECD countries and partner economies to encourage firms to invest in R&D. This page provides an overview of the latest indicators on R&D tax incentives featured in the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013.

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  • 2-April-2014

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    New head appointed for OECD transfer pricing unit

    Andrew Hickman has been appointed Head of the Transfer Pricing Unit of the Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing and Financial Transactions Division within the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. He will take up duty in May 2014.

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