Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes › About the Global Forum
The Global Forum has been the multilateral framework within which work in the area transparency and exchange of information has been carried out by both OECD and non-OECD economies since 2000.
1996 G7 Lyon Summit: tackling harmful tax practices and tax havens
1998: OECD report, which includes a definition of tax havens
2000: OECD List of tax havens
2002: Committments to implement the standards allow jurisdictions in a newly created Global forum
Since 2006: Global Forum annual assessment
The Global Forum’s main achievements have been the development of the standards of transparency and exchange of information through the publication of the Model Agreement on Exchange of Information on Tax Purposes in 2002 and the issuance of a paper setting out the standards for the maintenance of accounting records Enabling Effective Exchange of Information: Availability Standard and Reliability Standard developed by the Joint Ad Hoc Group on Accounts in 2005.
In addition, the Global Forum has, since 2006, produced an annual assessment of the legal and administrative framework for transparency and exchange of information in over 80 jurisdictions.
The Standards of Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes
>> Standards have been endorsed by all members of the Global Forum
>> The Standards require:
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes -Mexico 2009
The Global Forum called together 178 delegates from 70 jurisdictions and international organisations on 1-2 September in Mexico to discuss progress made in implementing the international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, and how to respond to international calls to strengthen the work of the Global Forum. In the context of the need of governments to protect their tax bases from non compliance with their tax laws, the main objectives for the meeting were to:
The meeting was an unqualified success and the restructured Global Forum is moving quickly to put in place a peer review process. The ultimate goal of the Global Forum is to ensure that international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes are not only put in place, but that they operate effectively.