Senegal takes key steps towards improving tax transparency
04/02/2016 – Senegal today signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. Senegal is the 11th African country to sign the Convention and the 93rd jurisdiction to join it.
His Excellency, Amadou Ba, Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning of Senegal, signed the Convention in the presence of the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
The Convention provides for all forms of administrative assistance in tax matters: exchange of information on request, spontaneous exchange, automatic exchange, tax examinations abroad, simultaneous tax examinations and assistance in tax collection. It guarantees extensive safeguards for the protection of taxpayers’ rights.
The Convention was developed jointly by the OECD and the Council of Europe in 1988 and amended in 2010 to respond to the call by the G20 to align it to the international standard on exchange of information and to open it to all countries, thus ensuring that developing countries could benefit from the new more transparent environment.
Since then, the Convention has become a truly global instrument. It is seen as the ideal instrument for swift implementation of the new Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters developed by the OECD and G20 countries as well as automatic exchange of country by country reports under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project. It is also a powerful tool for the fight against illicit financial flows.
By signing the Convention, Senegal takes a further step in fighting tax evasion and avoidance, building on its participation in the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, which it joined in 2012.
Simultaneously to signing the Convention, Senegal today also became the 32nd signatory of Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports (CbC MCAA), which is based on Article 6 of the Convention and puts in place the automatic exchange framework for exchanging Country-by-Country Reports, as contemplated by BEPS Action 13.
Under the CbC MCAA, tax administrations where a company operates will get aggregate information annually, starting with 2016 accounts, relating to the global allocation of income and taxes paid, together with other indicators of the location of economic activity within a multinational enterprise group. It will also cover information about which entities do business in a particular jurisdiction and the business activities each entity engages in.