New peer review assessments on tax dispute resolution released (MAP – BEPS Action 14)

Despite the significant disruption caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity to hold all meetings virtually, work has continued with the release on Tuesday 13 September 2022 of the Stage 2 peer review monitoring reports regarding the minimum standard to improve the resolution of tax-related disputes between jurisdictions (BEPS Action 14) for Aruba, Bahrain, Barbados, Gibraltar, Greenland, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, ...
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Barbados joins agreement to address the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the economy

Barbados has joined the two-pillar plan to reform the international taxation rules and ensure that multinational enterprises pay a fair share of tax wherever they operate, bringing to 133 the total number of jurisdictions participating in the agreement. The Statement, released on the 1st of July 2021 and agreed by Barbados today, establishes a new proposal for international tax reform based on a two-pillar package. This has been announced on the website ...
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Onderhandelplan belastingverdragen 2021 (Nederland). Voortzetting gesprekken over een nieuwe belastingregeling met Aruba en Curaçao, daarnaast beoogt Nederland gesprekken over de belastingregeling met Sint Maarten te starten

De Nederlandse regering heeft met een nieuwsbericht op rijksoverheid.nl aangegeven met welke landen Nederland voornemens is om in 2021 te onderhandelen over een belastingverdrag. Zie hierover ook de kamerbrief van 19 april 2021 van de staatssecretaris van Financiën-Fiscaliteit en Belastingdienst. In 2021 zal Nederland proberen de gesprekken voort te zetten met Andorra, Bangladesh, België, Brazilië, Marokko, Mozambique, Oeganda, Portugal, Rusland, Senegal, Sri Lanka. Verder zal Nederland proberen nieuwe (her)onderhandelingen te ...
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Tax transparency moves forward as twelve no or only nominal tax jurisdictions began their first exchange information on the substance of entities

On Wednesday 31 March 2021, twelve no or only nominal tax jurisdictions began their first tax information exchanges under the Forum on Harmful Tax Practice’s (FHTP) global standard on substantial activities. The standard ensures that mobile business income can no longer be parked in a low tax jurisdiction without the core business functions being carried out from that jurisdiction and that the countries where the parent entities and beneficial owners ...
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Barbados deposits its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral BEPS Convention

On 21 December 2020, Barbados deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Multilateral Convention or MLI), which now covers over 1700 bilateral tax treaties, thus underlining its strong commitment to prevent the abuse of tax treaties and base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) by multinational enterprises. For Barbados, the MLI will enter into force on ...
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EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions for tax purposes: Anguilla and Barbados added, Cayman Islands and Oman removed

The European Council decided on 6 October 2020 to add Anguilla and Barbados to the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Cayman Islands and Oman were removed from the list, after having passed the necessary reforms to improve their tax policy framework. This was announced with a press release published on the website of the European Commission. At the bottom of this article you will find the relevant ...
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Global Forum publishes new peer review reports and reveals compliance ratings for eight jurisdictions

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) published eight new peer review reports assessing compliance with the international standard on transparency and exchange of information on request (EOIR). The release of the website was announced in a press release dated 6 April 2020 published on the website of the OECD. From the press release (summary): These reports evaluate jurisdictions against the updated ...
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OECD invites taxpayer input on tenth batch of dispute resolution peer reviews. Tenth batch includes the stage 1 peer review of Aruba

The OECD is now gathering input for the tenth batch of Stage 1 dispute resolution peer reviews, according to a press release on the website of the OECD. This tenth batch includes the peer review of Aruba. From the press release: Improving the tax treaty dispute resolution process is a top priority of the BEPS Project. The Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) peer review and monitoring process under Action 14 of ...
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OECD releases latest results on preferential regimes and new results on no or only nominal tax jurisdictions

Progress continues on implementing the BEPS Action 5 minimum standard, with a further 22 jurisdictions changing their laws to address harmful tax practices. On 19 July 2019, the Inclusive Framework on BEPS approved the latest results of reviews of jurisdictions' domestic laws conducted by the OECD Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP). The review covered not only preferential tax regimes, but the results of the review of the substantial activities ...
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Documentation regarding removal of Aruba from the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

Last week it was announced that Aruba has been removed from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. We now have access to the relevant official documents of the Council of the European Union. The removal was formalized in a Note from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to Permanent Representatives of the Committee/Council, 15 May 2019 and the final description and assessment of ...
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Voldoende commitment Curaçao richting EU Gedragscodegroep

Op 12 maart 2019 werd door de Europese Commissie de nieuwe (aangepast) lijst van niet-coöperatieve belastingjurisdicties (EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes) bekend gemaakt, in de praktijk ook wel aangeuid als de “zwarte lijst”. Aruba stond op deze lijst vermeld, aangezien Aruba nog één schadelijk belastingregime niet had aangepast dan wel afgeschaft (overigens heeft Aruba het betreffende regime – het regime van de transparante vennootschap – inmiddels ook ...
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EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. Aruba among the countries that have been moved from the grey list to the blacklist

EU Finance Ministers have updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, based on an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the Commission. The list has proven a true success with many countries having changed their laws and tax systems to comply with international standards. This was announced in a press release dated 12 March 2019 as published on the website of the European Commission. From the press ...
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Reactie Minister van Financiën op brief EU Gedragscodegroep inzake de vervanging van preferentiële belastingregimes (Curaçao)

Met een brief van 15 februari 2019 heeft de Minister van Financiën van Curaçao gereageerd op de brief van 1 februari 2019 van de voorzitter van de Gedragscodegroep van de Europese Unie (de “EU Code of Conduct Group”) inzake de “Replacement of Curaçao's harmful preferential tax regimes with measures of similar effect”. De brief van de Gedragscodegroep houdt verband met de EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Wij rapporteerden ...
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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 over 100 CBI/RBI schemes offered by CRS-committed jurisdictions. From the press coverage: In particular, Identity ...
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