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The High Level VAT Conference was held in Lucerne on 9-10 September 2009, bringing together senior tax policy officials from 25 OECD countries, the European Commission and 5 non-member economies. The Communiqué is now available.
In a statement following their 5 September meeting in London, in advance of Pittsburgh, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the financial system, but stated that more needs to be done to maintain momentum. They also stated that unprecedented progress has been made since the November 2008 G20 Summit with regard to the OECD’s standards of tax information exchange and
Representatives of almost 100 governments were invited to meet in Los Cabos, Mexico, on 1-2 September 2009 to decide next steps in a global campaign to improve transparency and exchange of banking, ownership and other information for tax purposes.
Today the OECD issued its Tax Co-operation 2009: Towards a Level Playing Field. This is the fourth annual assessment of progress being made towards greater transparency and information exchange in the area of taxation.
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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At the invitation of Mr Peer Steinbrück, Minister of Finance of Germany, and of Mr Eric Woerth, Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts and the Civil Service of France, ministers and senior officials of 19 countries came together in Berlin on 23 June 2009 in order to review the progress that has been made with respect to the implementation of the OECD standard on transparency and exchange of information in tax matters since their
In a statement following their 12-13 June meeting in Lecce, ministers urged "further progress in the implementation of the OECD standards and the involvement of the widest possible number of jurisdictions, including developing countries. It is also essential to develop an effective peer-review mechanism to assess compliance with the same standards. This could be delivered by an expanded Global Forum. We also look forward to an update
On 9-10 June 2009, the OECD held a consultation with business commentators on its discussion draft on the transfer pricing aspects of business restructurings which was released for public comment in September 2008.
The fifth meeting of the OECD’s Forum on Tax Administration was held in Paris on 28-29 May 2009. The discussions focused on the challenges and opportunities currently facing revenue bodies and taxpayers around the world as a result of the first truly global financial and economic crisis. Working alongside senior business leaders, the heads of revenue bodies from FTA participating countries came together to share experiences and
With governments facing soaring budget deficits as they seek to combat the global economic slump, tax authorities from around the world have agreed on a new cooperation plan.