OECD and World Bank call for whole-of-government approach to combating tax evasion and corruption

Countries must step up work to ensure that tax authorities and anti-corruption authorities can effectively co-operate in the fight against tax evasion, bribery, and other forms of corruption, according to a joint OECD/World Bank report. This was announced in a press release dated 22 October 2018 as published on the website of the OECD. Drawing ...
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Jurisdictions take action to address the potential misuse of RBI/CBI schemes for CRS-circumvention purposes

On Tuesday, 16 October 2018, the OECD issued guidance for financial institutions on how to conduct enhanced due diligence procedures under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in order to ensure that certain residence and citizenship by investment (RBI/CBI) schemes do not get misused by account holders for the purpose of circumventing the CRS. The schemes ...
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OECD and IGF release first set of practice notes for developing countries on BEPS risks in mining

For many resource-rich developing countries, mineral resources present a significant economic opportunity to increase government revenue. Tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), combined with gaps in the capabilities of tax authorities in developing countries, threaten this prospect. The OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable ...
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OECD clamps down on CRS avoidance through residence and citizenship by investment schemes

Residence and citizenship by investment (CBI/RBI) schemes, often referred to as golden passports or visas, can create the potential for misuse as tools to hide assets held abroad from reporting under the OECD/G20 Common Reporting Standard (CRS), the OECD expresses in the press coverage dated 16 October 2018 following the publication of the results of its analysis of ...
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Global Forum publishes compliance ratings on tax transparency for further seven jurisdictions

On 15 October 2018, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) published seven peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR). These reports assess jurisdictions against the updated standard which incorporates beneficial ownership information of all relevant legal entities and arrangements, ...
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Aruba Largely Compliant with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request. Global Forum publishes second round peer review report

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) rated Aruba overall Largely Compliant with the international standard of transparency and exchange of information on requests handled over the period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017. Today (Monday 15 October 2018) the Global Forum published among others the ...
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Platform for Collaboration on Tax discussed domestic resource mobilisation challenges

On 9 October 2018 the four partner organisations to the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) discussed critical challenges and opportunities for mobilising domestic resources to meet countries' development priorities, at the upcoming IMF-World Bank annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia. This follows from a press release dated 5 October 2018 as published on the website ...
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OECD releases 2017 global mutual agreement procedure statistics

Improving the effectiveness and timeliness of dispute resolution mechanisms is the aim of Action 14 of the BEPS Action Plan (read the final report on Action 14 of the BEPS Action Plan) and is also part of the wider G20/OECD tax certainty agenda. The Action 14 minimum standard requires jurisdictions to seek to resolve mutual agreement ...
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Tax Inspectors Without Borders making significant progress towards strengthening developing countries’ ability to effectively tax multinational enterprises

An innovative international co-operation initiative that deploys qualified experts in developing countries to strengthen their ability to effectively tax multinational enterprises has achieved significant milestones over the past year, according to a new annual report. This has been announced in a press release dated 4 October 2018 published on the website of the OECD. Tax Inspectors ...
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