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The global economic crisis and recent tax evasion scandals have spurred calls for fairness and transparency of the tax system. Removing practices that facilitate tax evasion is part of a broader drive to clean up one of the more controversial sides of a globalised economy. The OECD advocates exchange of information between tax authorities on request in cases of specific tax inquiries to better equip tax authorities to tackle tax evasion.
May 10, 2012 – OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders – The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, has launched the concept of Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective. Building on that concept, the OECD will establish an independent foundation, to be up and running by the end of 2013, that will provide international auditing expertise and advice to help developing countries better address tax base erosion, including tax evasion and avoidance. The initiative was championed by Oupa Magashula, Commissioner General of the South Africa Revenue Service, Nhlanhla Nene, South Africa’s Deputy Finance Minister and Pascal Saint-Amans, Director the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.
Progress made as at December 15, 2011 (latest version of report)
Jurisdictions that have substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard
<sort> Andorra Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Aruba Australia Austria The Bahamas Bahrain Barbados Belgium Belize Bermuda Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Canada Cayman Islands Chile China Cook Islands Costa Rica Curacao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Dominica Estonia Finland France Germany Gibraltar Greece Grenada Guernsey Hong Kong, China Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Japan Jersey Korea Liberia Liechtenstein Luxembourg Macau, China Malaysia Malta Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico Monaco Montserrat Netherlands New Zealand Norway Panama Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Russian Federation St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Seychelles Singapore Sint Maarten Slovak Republic Slovenia South Africa Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Turks and Caicos Islands United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay US Virgin Islands Vanuatu </sort>
Jurisdictions that have committed to the internationally agreed tax standard, but have not yet substantially implemented. The year referrers to the year of commitment
<sort> Nauru, 2003 Niue, 2002 Guatemala, 2009 </sort>
Jurisdictions that have not committed to the internationally agreed tax standard
All jurisdictions surveyed by the Global Forum have now committed to the internationally agreed tax standard
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