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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OECD Secretariat analysis of tax treaties and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to take unprecedented measures such as restricting travel and implementing strict quarantine requirements. In this difficult context, most countries are putting stimulus packages in place, including measures to support employment, for example, taking on the burden of unpaid salaries on behalf of companies suffering from the economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these restrictions, many cross-border workers are unable to physically ...
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Tax Administration Responses to COVID-19: Measures Taken to Support Taxpayers

On the website of the OECD a reference document has been published providing an overview of measures currently being undertaken by a number of tax administrations in connection with the COVID-19 emergency. The document is a joint document of the OECD Forum on Tax Administration, the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT) and the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA) and has been produced by the respective Secretariats   from input ...
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