Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

The OECD Task Force’s role is to advise the OECD Committees in delivering a Tax and Development Programme focused on developing countries.  Co-chaired by South Africa and the Netherlands, its members include OECD and developing countries, business, and regional/international organisations.

http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-global/taxanddevelopment.htm

http://www.oecd.org/tax/tax-global/taskforce-tax-development-korea-outcome-statement.pdf

The annual meeting was held 30-31 October in Seoul, Korea, with the following points of emphasis.

  • State building, accountability and effective capacity development, including governance of tax incentives and a feasibility study on Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative (9 June post)
  • More effective transfer pricing regimes in developing countries, with country initiatives in Columbia, Ghana, Honduras, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam developed in partnership with the EU and World Bank.
  • Increased transparency in the reporting of financial data by MNEs, identifying Best Practices while monitoring developments of the Dodd-Frank Act and proposals for revising the EU Transparency Directive.
  • Countering international tax evasion/avoidance and improving transparency and exchange of information, preparing countries for peer reviews by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information and developing exchange of information projects in Kenya and Ghana.

The report provides added value with numerous links to referenced initiatives (i.e., Tax Inspectors Without Borders, EU Transparency Directive) for a comprehensive understanding of the multiple initiatives being developed.

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