Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

Putting an end to offshore tax evasion

With 163 members, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the leading international body working on the implementation of global transparency and exchange of information standards around the world.

Since the G20 declared the end of banking secrecy in 2009, the international community has achieved great success in the fight against offshore tax evasion. Working through the Global Forum, countries have implemented robust standards that have prompted an unprecedented level of transparency in tax matters.

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Exchange of information on request

This standard requires the transparency of banking and accounting records as well as ownership of entities and legal arrangements. It provides a framework for obtaining information on request between tax authorities.

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Automatic exchange of information

This standard allows for the automatic annual exchange of information on offshore financial accounts.

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Capacity building and technical assistance

Capacity building and technical assistance activities ensure that all our members receive support, and benefit from the tools to implement the international tax standards. Guidance material, e-learning courses and virtual classes are accessible through the resources tab.

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Making a difference

EUR 112 billion

Voluntary disclosure programmes, offshore tax investigations and related measures have generated EUR 112 billion in additional revenues so far.

EUR 112 billion
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250 000 information requests

Over 250 000 requests for information have been received by our members in 10 years, enabling the collection of more than EUR 7.5 billion in additional tax.

250 000 information requests
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EUR 9 trillion

Information on 75 million financial accounts, covering total assets of nearly EUR 9 trillion, was automatically exchanged in 2020 (figures lower than in 2019 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic).

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EUR 9 trillion
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