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Tax Co-operation: Towards a Level Playing Field
2008 Assessment by the Global Forum on Taxation
In today’s increasingly borderless world, countries are working more closely together to prevent abuses of the global financial system in a wide range of areas, including taxation. The Global Forum on Taxation, which consists of OECD and non-OECD economies, seeks to improve transparency and to establish effective exchange of information so that countries can ensure compliance with their national tax laws. The Global Forum is working towards a level playing field in these areas so that activities do not simply migrate from countries that engage in effective exchange of information to those that do not. In working towards a level playing field, the Global Forum seeks to ensure the implementation of high standards of transparency and information exchange in a way that is fair, equitable and permits fair competition between all countries, large and small, OECD and non-OECD.
This report is the second edition of that assessment. It highlights changes made over the last year in the domestic laws and regulations of the economies covered by the 2007 Assessment. In addition to the countries reported on in 2007, it includes information on Chile, bringing to 83 the number of countries covered by the report. The report sets out in a series of tables, on a country by country basis, information on laws and agreements permitting the exchange of information for tax purposes; access to bank information for tax purposes; access to ownership identity and accounting information; and availability of ownership, identity and accounting information relating to companies, trusts, partnerships and foundations.
II. Update on Progress
III. Country Tables
A. Exchanging Information
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