New OECD self-assessment tool to help tax administrations tackle tax debt and reduce administrative burdens

The OECD has published two self-assessment maturity models on tax debt management and the reduction of compliance burdens, both critical areas for successful tax administration. Maturity models set out descriptions of capabilities and performance in a particular function or set of activities across a number of levels of increasing maturity, in the case of these models from an emerging to an aspirational level. These models, the first in a new ...
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Effective use of Automatic Exchange of information – a role for Tax Inspectors Without Borders

Tuesday 26th of November marked an important milestone for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Development Programme Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative (TIWB) with the launch of a project on automatic exchange of information (AEOI). The project, which will be co-ordinated with the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (Global Forum), was unveiled during its 10th Anniversary Meeting in Paris, France. This ...
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10th Anniversary Meeting of the Global Forum: “International community has achieved unprecedented success fighting offshore tax evasion”

On 26-27 November, the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) in Paris brought together more than 500 delegates from 131 member jurisdictions for renewed discussions on efforts to advance the tax transparency agenda. This was announced in a press release on the website of the OECD. From the press release: Ten years since the G20 declared the end of banking ...
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Platform for Collaboration on Tax invites comments on a draft toolkit designed to help developing countries with the implementation of transfer pricing documentation requirements

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax – a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank Group – is seeking feedback from the public on a draft toolkit designed to help developing countries in the implementation of effective transfer pricing documentation requirements. This was announced in a press release published on the website of the OECD. From the press release: Transfer pricing documentation is necessary for effective implementation ...
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Release of TIWB 2018/19 annual report: “Four years on and half a billion dollars later – Tax Inspectors Without Borders”

Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) assistance has delivered nearly USD 500 million in additional revenue for developing countries through April 2019, according to the latest TIWB annual report, as announced in a press release dated 25 September 2019 published on the website of the OECD. The release of the report was already announced in a press release dated 18 September 2019. From the press release dated 25 September 2019: The ...
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OECD releases latest dispute resolution statistics at its first Tax Certainty Day

The first OECD Tax Certainty Day took place on 16 September 2019 at OECD headquarters in Paris, according to a press release published on the website of the OECD. From the press release: As recognised by G20 Ministers, maintaining and enhancing tax certainty brings benefits for taxpayers and tax administrations alike and is key in promoting investment, jobs and growth. This is particularly the case against the backdrop of the ...
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Boosting tax morale – so people and businesses pay tax

The willingness of individuals and businesses to voluntarily pay tax can be improved through better understanding of the complex interlinkages between enforcement, trust in government and the ease of compliance, according to a new report from the OECD. The release of the report was announced in a press release dated 11 September 2019 on the website of the OECD. Tax Morale: What Drives People and Businesses to Pay Tax? assesses the ...
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OECD invites public comments on draft report on tax morale

As part of the ongoing work on tax morale, the OECD is seeking public comments on its forthcoming publication What's driving tax morale? An empirical analysis on social preferences and attitudes towards taxation. This was announced by the OECD with a press release dated 10 April 2019. A first draft was presented and discussed at a conference on the Role of Tax Morale in Developing Countries organised by the OECD's Task ...
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Global tax community welcomes new measures to enlist online marketplaces in the collection of VAT/GST in e-commerce

Delegates from over 100 jurisdictions, including regional and international organisations, have unanimously endorsed new rules that will ensure the collection of additional VAT/GST revenues and will level the playing field between operators in traditional and online markets. Meeting in Melbourne, Australia on 20-22 March 2019, around 300 participants attending the Global Forum on VAT, welcomed measures proposed in a new report by the OECD on The Role of Digital Platforms ...
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Tax Morale and Integrity in Developing Countries

On 19 March 2019, the event: “Tax Morale and Integrity in Developing Countries” was held in the OECD Conference Centre Auditorium (with live streaming). This was announced in March 2019 with a press release published on the website of the OECD. From the press release: Tax morale measures taxpayer perceptions and attitudes towards paying and evading taxes. What creates tax morale? In other words, what makes you willing to pay ...
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Corporate tax remains a key revenue source, despite falling rates worldwide. Effective average and marginal corporate tax rates of Curaçao for 2017 determined by OECD

Taxes paid by companies remain a key source of government revenues, especially in developing countries, despite the worldwide trend of falling corporate tax rates over the past two decades, according to a new report from the OECD.  This was announced by the OECD in a press release dated 15 January 2019. A new OECD report and database, Corporate Tax Statistics, provides internationally comparable statistics and analysis from around 100 countries worldwide on ...
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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 Development (IGF) are collaborating to address some of the challenges developing countries face in raising ...
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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 Without Borders, a joint initiative of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the ...
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New brochure outlining the OECD’s work on tax

The OECD has released a new brochure outlining the OECD’s work on tax: “OECD Work on Taxation 2018-19”. In his preface to the brochure, the OECD’s Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría recalls among others that great success was achieved in tackling tax evasion through the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (which has more than 150 members, hereafter: “the Global Forum”) and that it is estimated ...
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OECD/IMF Report on Tax Certainty – 2018 Update

On 22 July 2018, the OECD/IMF Report on Tax Certainty – 2018 Update was published on the website of the OECD. This report was originally published as Annex 3 to the OECD Secretary-General Tax Report to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, which was issued on 22 July 2018 after the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina (see a separate article in today’s CFN-issue). This report from ...
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