Tax administrations around the globe are taking on new responsibilities to support wider government actions to help address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support their taxpayers and citizens.
The rapid spread of exchange of financial information (EOI) between countries over the past ten years has led to much increased transparency in tax matters. Today as yesterday, international co-operation is critical in combating tax evasion and helping domestic revenue mobilisation. Regrettably, many developing countries have not yet benefitted from these developments and are still struggling to enforce their tax legislations.
The work on BEPS Action 14 continues with today's publication of the ninth round of stage 1 peer review reports. Each report assesses a country's efforts to implement the Action 14 minimum standard as agreed to under the OECD/G20 BEPS Project.
Despite good progress in increasing tax-to-GDP ratios and mobilising domestic revenues across economies in the Asia-Pacific region in 2018, tax revenues are expected to take a hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new OECD research.
On 16 July, Oman took another step towards BEPS implementation by signing the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the Exchange of Country-by-Country Reports — becoming the 86th jurisdiction to do so. For more information, visit: http://oe.cd/cbcr
The Platform for Collaboration on Tax – a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and the World Bank – published today its Progress Report 2020, which gives a snapshot of the world's four leading multilateral organisations’ co-operation in the area of domestic resource mobilisation, including in their responses to COVID-19.
Today, Oman deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) with the OECD's Secretary-General, therewith underlining its strong commitment to prevent the abuse of tax treaties and BEPS by multinational enterprises. For Oman, the MLI enters into force on 1 November 2020.
The FTA today released a report on reputational risk management, highlighting its importance for protecting and enhancing tax compliance, including in the COVID-19 environment. The report, led by the Canada Revenue Agency and the FTA's Enterprise Risk Management Community of Interest, sets out the key considerations for developing and improving reputational risk management practices within tax administrations.
Today, the OECD has released a new global tax reporting framework, the Model Reporting Rules for Digital Platforms in the Sharing and Gig Economy ("MRDP"). Under the MRDP, digital platforms are required to collect information on the income realised by those offering accommodation, transport and personal services through platforms and to report the information to tax authorities.
The international community continues making tremendous progress in the fight against offshore tax evasion, as implementation of innovative transparency standards by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes moves countries ever closer to the goal of eradicating banking secrecy for tax purposes.