Taxes are potentially among the most effective ways of cutting pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, but they are currently – with very few exceptions – underused; and even where used, they are frequently designed in a sub-optimal way.
This year’s COP21 presents a unique opportunity. It will need to forge a clear path for reducing emissions, and for lessening our impact on the planet. It is therefore timely that this year’s International Tax Dialogue focuses on the role that tax can play in managing these environmental challenges.
The International Tax Dialogue (ITD) is organising its 6th global conference at the OECD. This year’s conference will focus on Tax and the Environment, an issue of growing importance and of direct relevance in the lead up to the COP21 meeting taking place later in the year. The ITD is a joint initiative of the EC, IDB, IMF, OECD, World Bank and CIAT.
The objective of this project is to enable the transfer of tax audit knowledge and skills to tax administrations in developing countries through a real time, “learning by doing” approach.
These side events are organised by the OECD in partnership with UN-DESA and UNDP, and with support from a geographically wide and diverse coalition of partners including governments, regional tax organisations and civil society.
In 2013, a Declaration on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting was adopted at the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), and this was followed in 2014 with the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters. Both Declarations called for updates on the progress made in these important areas, and this report sets out the key developments in both areas over the last 12 months.
The OECD’s Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Initiative fosters policy dialogue and peer review in the LAC region. It covers fiscal, investment, public governance and innovation policies. This document describes the fiscal pillar of the Initiative, which aims to improve taxation and public expenditure policies in the region to support economic growth and income redistribution.
Each year, the Global Relations Programme (GRP) holds around 75 events on a variety of international tax policy and administration topics bringing together some 2000 serving tax officials from over 100 countries in over 20 venues globally.
Engagement of developing countries in the international tax agenda, including on BEPS, is imperative, in particular to ensure they receive appropriate support to address the specific implementation challenges they face. The input received from developing countries has been fed directly into the development of the BEPS Action Plan.
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At the G20’s request, the OECD is leading the development of a strategy to address base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The Development Working Group has asked the OECD to draw together the experiences of developing countries and international organisations in a report on the main sources of BEPS in developing countries and how these relate to the OECD/G20 BEPS Action Plan on this issue.