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  • 13-January-2010


    A progress report on OECD work on tax havens

    Since the April 2009 G20 London Summit, almost 300 tax agreements have been signed to meet OECD standards on tax transparency and effective exchange of information. All OECD and G20 countries are committed to these standards.

  • 14-December-2009


    Chile enacts law on access to bank information, implements tax standard

    A new law on access to bank information will enable Chile to exchange banking information under existing tax treaties, thereby complying with the internationally agreed tax standard for exchange of information.

  • 25-November-2009


    Costa Rica makes progress in international tax co-operation, signs TIEA with Argentina

    Costa Rica announced that it has signed a tax information exchange agreement with Argentina.

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  • 24-November-2009


    Tax burdens falling in OECD economies as crisis takes its toll

    The recession is taking its toll on tax receipts across the OECD. Aggregate tax burdens in OECD economies, calculated as the ratio of tax revenues to gross domestic product, or GDP, were unchanged between 2006 and 2007, and then fell in 2008.

  • 13-November-2009


    Singapore signs its 12th tax agreement meeting the OECD standard

    Singapore has today signed a protocol with France that brings the two countries’ to bilateral tax treaty into line with the OECD standard on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.

  • 15-October-2009


    Does tax affect SME creation and growth?

    The taxation of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) is an important topic for policy makers. The OECD has just released Tax Policy Study No. 18: “Taxation of SMEs: Key Issues and Policy Considerations”, which examines a broad range of SME tax issues.

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  • 23-September-2009


    Switzerland moves towards substantial implementation of tax information exchange

    Switzerland has signed a protocol to its tax treaty with the United States that incorporates the internationally agreed tax information standard. This is the 11th agreement for the exchange of information in tax matters signed by Switzerland that meets the OECD standard. The agreement with the United States continues the trend of agreements signed by Switzerland with its major economic partners. Of its 11 agreements, 10 are with OECD

  • 2-September-2009


    OECD Global Forum consolidates tax evasion revolution in advance of Pittsburgh

    Today, on the eve of the Pittsburgh G20 meeting, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information dealing with tax matters, took major steps to confirm the end of the era of banking secrecy as a shield for tax evaders.

  • 21-August-2009


    Next steps for OECD Global Forum on information exchange for tax purposes

    Representatives of almost 100 governments have been invited to meet in Los Cabos, Mexico, on 1-2 September to decide next steps in a global campaign to improve transparency and exchange of banking and ownership information for tax purposes.

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  • 11-August-2009


    Liechtenstein and UK agree package of measures to improve tax compliance

    The OECD welcomes the announcement today of a package of measures between Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom intended to ensure effective exchange of information for tax purposes between the two countries and to address the important issue of undeclared funds in a cooperative way.

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