The Global Forum is the continuation of a forum which was created in the early 2000s in the context of the OECD’s work to address the risks to tax compliance posed by non-cooperative jurisdictions. The original members of the Global Forum consisted of OECD countries and jurisdictions that had agreed to implement transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. The Global Forum was restructured in September 2009 in response to the G20 call to strengthen implementation of these standards.
The Global Forum now has 130 members on equal footing and is the premier international body for ensuring the implementation of the internationally agreed standards of transparency and exchange of information in the tax area. Through an in-depth peer review process, the restructured Global Forum monitors that its members fully implement the standard of transparency and exchange of information they have committed to implement. It also works to establish a level playing field, even among countries that have not joined the Global Forum.
» 24 November 2015: Israel joins international efforts to boost transparency and end tax evasion
» 30 October 2015: Press release of the 8th Global Forum Meeting - Global Forum on tax transparency pushes forward international co-operation against tax evasion
» 14 October 2015: Launch of the Portal on Automatic Exchange of Information
» 6 August 2015: UK partners with Ghana on tax transparency
» 3 August 2015: The Global Forum releases new compliance ratings on tax transparency
» 9 July 2015: The EU Commission on June 17, made an announcement regarding third party non-cooperative jurisdictions. In response, Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and Monica Bhatia, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat sent a letter to all Global Forum members. The Global Forum Secretariat has now produced a simple fact sheet which brings together in one place the tax transparency measures taken by the jurisdictions on the "pan-EU list". It shows the very significant progress that most of these jurisdictions have made in implementing the international standards.