The Platform for Collaboration on Tax is a joint effort launched in April 2016 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank Group (WBG). The Platform is designed to intensify the co-operation between these International Organisations (IOs) on tax issues. It formalises regular discussions between the four IOs on the design and implementation of standards for international tax matters, strengthens their ability to provide capacity-building support to developing countries, and helps them deliver jointly developed guidance. It also increases their ability to share information on operational and knowledge activities around the world.
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|This effort comes at a time of great momentum around international tax issues, and was welcomed by the G20 finance ministers at their February 2016 meeting in Shanghai. Amid the growing importance of taxation in the debate to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a major aim of the Platform is to better frame technical advice to developing countries as they seek both more capacity support and greater influence in designing international rules.
Among the Platform's tasks are to deliver a number of publications designed to help developing countries implement the measures developed under the G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS) among other international tax issues. There is an important link between this work and the Inclusive Framework on BEPS. Platform members hold regular meetings with representatives of developing countries, regional tax organisations, banks and donors. Consultations with business and civil society are organised as needed.
For more information about the Platform for Collaboration on Tax, read the jointly-developed Concept Note.
Enhancing the Effectiveness of External Support in Building Tax Capacity in Developing Countries
In February 2016, G20 Finance Ministers called upon the IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank Group to "recommend mechanisms to help ensure effective implementation of technical assistance programmes, and recommend how countries can contribute funding for tax projects and direct technical assistance, and report back with recommendations" at their July meeting. The four organisations – drawing on their individual experiences in delivering technical advice and their interactions with other providers of technical assistance, development partners, and especially country governments – developed a series of recommendations and enabling actions in response to this request.
The recommendations in this report further benefitted from a public request for feedback on draft recommendations which attracted responses from governments, businesses, civil society and individuals.
The OECD is working with developing countries, the IMF, the World Bank Group and the UN along with regional tax organisations to address the top priority BEPS issues identified by developing countries in a two-part report published in 2014. This work was mandated by the G20 Development Working Group in response to the 2014 report, and is aimed at ensuring that developing countries can benefit from the outcomes of the BEPS Project, as well as from practical solutions to the BEPS-related challenges that these countries are facing, like wasteful tax incentives.
The outcomes of the BEPS Project delivered in 2015 change the international taxation environment, and as a consequence 2016 and 2017 will be focused on implementation, including on the development of Toolkits for developing countries in the following areas :
Visit the official website: www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collaboration
If you have any OECD-specific queries, you are invited to e-mail CTP.Contact@oecd.org.