Forum on Tax Administration: Towards Sustainable Remote Working in a Post-COVID-19 Environment

On 19 July 2021, the report of the Forum on Tax Administration ‘Towards Sustainable Remote Working in a Post-COVID-19 Environment’ was published. This has been announced on the website of the OECD. Furthermore from the OECD-website: The COVID-19 pandemic saw a significant shift among most tax administrations to remote working by many of their staff. As tax administrations consider the shape of the workplace post-pandemic, many are examining the options ...
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First edition of Tax Transparency in Latin America report outlines growing role of tax transparency and exchange of information in helping Latin American governments fight financial crimes and mobilise resources

On 12 July 2021, the report Tax Transparency in Latin America 2021 was published. The report is a key output of the Punta del Este Declaration, a Latin American initiative to tackle tax evasion, corruption and other financial crimes through transparency and exchange of information (EOI) for tax purposes. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD. Furthermore from the press release: The report analyses the ...
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New toolkit to strengthen Value Added Taxes on e-commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean

The surge in e-commerce following the COVID-19 outbreak has emphasized the importance of applying Value Added Tax (VAT) effectively to digital trade. A new toolkit released on Wednesday June 23rd offers timely and valuable assistance to tax authorities in the Latin America and the Caribbean region for the effective collection of VAT revenues from e-commerce activities. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD ...
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OECD publishes international exchange framework and optional module for Model Reporting Rules for Digital Platforms

On 22 June 2021, the OECD published a report regarding international exchange framework and optional module for Model Reporting Rules for Digital Platforms: “Model Reporting Rules for Digital Platforms: International Exchange Framework and Optional Module for Sale of Goods”. Click here to go to the publication on the website of the OECD. The Model Rules for Reporting by Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy ("Model Reporting ...
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Heads of tax crime investigation welcome new OECD report on fighting tax crimes

At their meeting on June 17th, 2021, heads of tax crime investigation from 44 countries welcomed the launch of a new edition Fighting Tax Crime – The Ten Global Principles, Second Edition, published 17 June 2021 of the groundbreaking global reference guide setting out the ten core requirements for jurisdictions to be able to effectively tackle tax crime while ensuring that taxpayers' rights are respected. This has been announced with ...
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Public comments received on proposed changes to Commentaries in the OECD Model Tax Convention on Article 9 and on related articles

As part of the ongoing work of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS, the OECD secretariat on 29 March 2021 invited public comments on proposed changes to the commentaries on Article 9 and related articles of the OECD Model Tax Convention. The OECD is grateful to commentators for their input and has published the comments received. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD ...
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OECD supports developing countries in the time of COVID-19

On 19 May 2021, the OECD released a new report – Tax Co-operation for Development: Progress report in the COVID-19 era – looking back on the past year showing how developing countries have interacted with the OECD on a range of tax policy and administration issues. These include participating in the development and implementation of inclusive international standards; country-level capacity building programmes delivered through a variety of platforms and modalities; guidance and ...
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Conference of the Parties to the MLI approve an opinion on interpretation and implementation

On 3 May 2021, the Conference of the Parties to the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) approved an opinion that sets out a series of guiding principles for addressing questions about the interpretation and implementation of the MLI. Those principles, discussed and approved by the Conference of the Parties to the MLI, were drawn from public international law, the design of the MLI itself, and its drafting history. This has been announced with a ...
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Inheritance, estate and gift taxes could play a stronger role in addressing inequality and improving public finances

Inheritance taxation can be an important instrument to address inequality, particularly in the current context of persistently high wealth inequality and new pressures on public finances linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new OECD report: Inheritance Taxation in OECD Countries. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD on the occasion of the release of the report. Furthermore from the press release ...
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OECD and CREDAF renew partnership to strengthen tax co-operation

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Cercle de réflexion et d’échange des dirigeants des administrations fiscales (CREDAF) signed a renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreeing to extend their collaboration in promoting fair and efficient tax systems and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of tax administrations for a further three years. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD. Furthermore from ...
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Platform for Collaboration on Tax launches Tax Treaty Negotiations Toolkit

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) – a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and World Bank Group – released the final version of the ‘Toolkit on Tax Treaty Negotiations’ along with its web-based, interactive edition. This has been announced with a press release on the website of the OECD. Furthermore from the press release: The PCT's Toolkit on Tax Treaty Negotiations is an effort to provide capacity-building support to ...
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OECD agrees new peer review process to foster transparency on tax rulings

In order to maintain and further improve transparency on tax rulings, the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS, which groups over 135 countries and jurisdictions on an equal footing for multilateral negotiation of international tax rules, approved the process for the BEPS Action 5 peer review of the transparency framework for the years 2021 to 2025. This has been announced by the OECD with a press release dated 22 February 2021 ...
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OECD calls on countries to crack down on the professionals enabling tax and white collar crimes

Countries should increase efforts to better deter, detect and disrupt the activities of professionals who enable tax evasion and other financial crimes, according to a new OECD report “Ending the Shell Game: Cracking down on the Professionals who enable Tax and White Collar Crimes”. This has been announced by the OECD with a press release dated 25 February 2021 on the occasion of the release of the peer review reports ...
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New report highlights successful delivery of Global Forum Secretariat’s capacity-building activities during challenging year

On 17 February 2021, the 2021 Global Forum capacity building report has been published, setting out the large amount of support activities conducted by the Global Forum. Despite challenging conditions, the Global Forum Secretariat ensured the continuity of its capacity-building programme in 2020, while increasing its support to jurisdictions. This has been announced by the OECD with a press release dated 17 February 2021 on the occasion of the release of the ...
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OECD releases the final batch of the stage 1 peer review reports for BEPS Action 14 on dispute resolution mechanisms

On 16 February 2021 the OECD released the final batch of the stage 1 peer review reports for BEPS Action 14 on dispute resolution mechanisms. The stage 1 peer review assessments for Aruba, Bahrain, Barbados, Gibraltar, Greenland, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Viet Nam evaluate the efforts made by each jurisdiction to implement the Action 14 minimum standard of the OECD/G20 BEPS Project, which aims to improve the resolution of tax-related disputes between jurisdictions ...
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Stage 1 peer review report on dispute resolution released by OECD: overall Aruba meets the majority of the elements of the Action 14 Minimum Standard and where it has deficiencies, Aruba is working to address some of them

On 16 February 2021 the OECD released the final batch of the stage 1 peer review reports for BEPS Action 14 on dispute resolution mechanisms, including the stage 1 peer review assessment for Aruba. This has been announced by the OECD with a press release dated 16 February 2021 on the occasion of the release of the peer review reports. The reports evaluate the efforts made by each jurisdiction to implement ...
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Platform for Collaboration on Tax’s new toolkit helps countries implement effective transfer pricing documentation requirements

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) – a joint initiative of IMF, OECD, UN and the World Bank – has released the final version of the Practical Toolkit to Support the Successful Implementation by Developing Countries of Effective Transfer Pricing Documentation Requirements. The release of the report has been announced by the OECD with a press release dated 19 January 2021. Furthermore from the press release: The PCT's new toolkit ...
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Global Forum Secretariat delivers new toolkit to help countries become Party to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

The COVID-19 crisis has brought renewed attention to the role and importance of multilateral co-operation in combating tax evasion and helping fiscal consolidation. In line with its mandate to deliver technical assistance and support capacity building, the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) has now produced a Toolkit for Becoming a Party to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in ...
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Progress Report 2020 of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax published

On 10 July 2020, the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) – a joint initiative of the IMF, OECD, UN and the World Bank – published its Progress Report 2020. The report gives a snapshot of the world's four leading multilateral organisations' co-operation in the area of domestic resource mobilisation (DRM), including in their responses to COVID-19. This was announced in a press release dated 10 July 2020 on the ...
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OECD presents international tax update to G20 Finance Ministers

The OECD Secretary-General Tax Report (July 2020) has been presented to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors. The report has been posted on the website of the OECD. From the overview in the report (page 4 and further): “In responding to this crisis, the tax agenda is more relevant than ever. First, fiscal measures – in particular tax-related measures – have played and will continue to play a ...
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The Platform for Collaboration on Tax invites public comments on the draft Toolkit on Tax Treaty Negotiations

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) – 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 build capacity in tax treaty negotiations. This was announced in a press release dated 29 June 2020 on the website of the OECD. PCT's Draft Toolkit on Tax Treaty Negotiations is a joint effort to provide ...
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Early restoration planning by tax administrations key to support individual and business taxpayers towards economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic

Recovery from the profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's lives, jobs, businesses and the wider economy is likely to be lengthy, challenging and multifaceted, with tax administrations playing a critical role in restoration planning, according to a new OECD report ‘Tax Administration Responses to COVID-19: Recovery Period Planning’ prepared by the OECD's Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) in co-operation with the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA) and ...
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Latin America and the Caribbean: Tax revenue gains under threat amid deteriorating regional outlook

Tax revenues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) increased to 23.1% of GDP on average in 2018, according to the new edition of Revenue Statistics in Latin America in the Caribbean published yesterday. However, these gains are now under threat as a result of the region’s deteriorating fiscal outlook, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis. The release was announced in a press release on ...
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Tax and fiscal policies central to governments’ responses to Covid-19 crisis

With global economic activity facing a historic drop and government spending rising dramatically, the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on public finances and tax revenues are significant. Drawing on its multi-disciplinary expertise, the OECD is deploying its data gathering and analytical capacities to help governments face these unprecedented challenges while supporting businesses and people towards economic recovery. This was announced in a press release on the website of the OECD ...
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Blog-post ‘Consumption tax revenues under Covid-19: Lessons from the 2008 global financial crisis’ on the website of the OECD

On the website of the OECD a blog post ‘Consumption tax revenues under Covid-19: Lessons from the 2008 global financial crisis’ has been published. Author is Michelle Harding, senior economist and Head of the Tax Data and Statistical Analysis Unit at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, co-authored by Hannah Simon, Junior Analyst at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. The article is part of a series in ...
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New OECD data provides a baseline for measuring the impact of COVID-19 on labour taxes

Labour taxes on the average worker across OECD countries continued to decline for the sixth consecutive year in 2019, according to a new OECD report. This was announced with a press release on the website of the OECD in guidance of the release of the report “Taxing Wages 2020”. From the press release: Taxing Wages 2020 shows that the “tax wedge” – total taxes on labour costs paid by employees ...
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Government support and the COVID-19 pandemic

On the website of the OECD a document ‘Government support and the COVID-19 pandemic’ has been published. From the introduction of the document: The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic call for urgent policy responses to support households and firms alike, but how this support is designed will be critical in ensuring that it does not result in enduring global market distortions. Support packages that are time-limited, targeted, cash-based, and ...
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COVID-19 and International Trade: Issues and Actions

On the website of the OECD a document ‘COVID-19 and International Trade: Issues and Actions’ has been published. From the introduction of the document: In an unprecedented global health crisis, trade is essential to save lives and livelihoods; and international co-operation is needed to keep trade flowing. In the midst of significant uncertainty, there are four things we can do: 1) boost confidence in trade and global markets by improving ...
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Tax and fiscal policy should continue to support households and businesses through containment, then shift to bolstering recovery

Tax and fiscal policy responses are playing a critical role in limiting the hardship caused by containment measures, and should continue to do so as governments seek to support households and businesses, protect employment and pursue economic recovery from the global pandemic, according to new OECD analysis. ‘Tax and Fiscal Policy in Response to the Coronavirus Crisis; Strengthening Confidence and Resilience’, a report requested of the OECD by the Saudi ...
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Public comments received on the draft Model Rules for Reporting for Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy

On 19 February 2020, interested parties were invited to provide comments on the draft Model Rules for Reporting for Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy. The OECD is grateful to the commentators for their input and has published the public comments received. For more information, click here to go to the press release dated 15 April 2020 on the website of the OECD which press release ...
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