Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews:
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2014
Phase 2: Implementation of the Standard in Practice
This report contains the 2014 “Phase 2: Implementation of the Standards in Practice”
Global Forum review of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the
multilateral framework within which work in the area of tax transparency and exchange
of information is carried out by over 120 jurisdictions which participate in the work
of the Global Forum on an equal footing.
The Global Forum is charged with in-depth monitoring and peer review of the implementation
of the standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. These
standards are primarily reflected in the 2002 OECD Model Agreement on Exchange of
Information on Tax Matters and its commentary, and in Article 26 of the OECD Model
Tax Convention on Income and on Capital and its commentary as updated in 2004, which
has been incorporated in the UN Model Tax Convention.
The standards provide for international exchange on request of foreseeably relevant
information for the administration or enforcement of the domestic tax laws of a requesting
party. “Fishing expeditions” are not authorised, but all foreseeably relevant information
must be provided, including bank information and information held by fiduciaries,
regardless of the existence of a domestic tax interest or the application of a dual
All members of the Global Forum, as well as jurisdictions identified by the Global
Forum as relevant to its work, are being reviewed. This process is undertaken in two
phases. Phase 1 reviews assess the quality of a jurisdiction’s legal and regulatory
framework for the exchange of information, while Phase 2 reviews look at the practical
implementation of that framework. Some Global Forum members are undergoing combined
– Phase 1 plus Phase 2 – reviews. The ultimate goal is to help jurisdictions to effectively
implement the international standards of transparency and exchange of information
for tax purposes.
Published on October 29, 2014
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The Phase 2 review shows that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a comprehensive legal framework and sound practices for the exchange of information for tax purposes and received an overall rating of largely compliant. The monitoring as carried out by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines authorities generally ensures that ownership and banking information is available according to the standard. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has made some legal amendments to bridge the gaps pointed out in its Phase 1 report, especially with respect to accounting information. The report recommends that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines monitors its new laws to ensure that it exchanges all types of information in line with the international standard. During the review period Saint Vincent and the Grenadines received only two requests which it answered in a timely manner. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has limited experience in exchange of information. Nonetheless Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has put in place organisational processes and committed resources for handling exchange of information requests. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines should report steps taken to address the recommendations made in the Phase 2 report within twelve months. For further information on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ exchange of information practices click here.