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  • 19-July-2012


    Global Forum Secretariat and United Arab Emirates enhance co-operation to improve tax transparency in the MENA region

    The Global Forum Secretariat enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Arab Emirates, confirming UAE’s commitment to the Global Forum’s work on transparency and exchange of information.

  • 18-July-2012


    Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

    The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

  • 16-July-2012


    Tunisia signs multilateral agreement on fiscal co-operation and strengthens its links with the OECD

    During his visit to Tunisia, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, met with the Tunisian Prime Minister, as well as government ministers and the President of the National Constituent Assembly, in order to discuss the co-operation between Tunisia and the OECD.

  • 10-July-2012


    Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

    Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

  • 15-June-2012


    Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

    Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

  • 23-May-2012


    Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

    Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

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  • 23-May-2012


    Colombia y México firmarán los estándares de tributación internacional, derechos humanos y negocios limpios

    Colombia y México están un paso más cerca de beneficiarse de la cooperación trasfronteriza y el intercambio de información. Colombia ha firmado y México ratificado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal.

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  • 25-April-2012


    Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

    The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

  • 12-April-2012


    Fiscal Consolidation: How much, how fast and by what means?

    The economic crisis has led to a surge in government deficits and pushed public indebtedness to 100% of GDP for the OECD as a whole in 2011. New research shows that bringing debt down to prudent levels will require sustained fiscal consolidation in most OECD countries.

  • 5-April-2012


    Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

    The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

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