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OECD Urges G8 to Take Steps to Improve Tax Transparency 

Global Tax Adviser


June 25, 2013


Rob Davis
Toronto, Transfer Pricing


The OECD has released a new report, A Step Change in Tax Transparency, which details the steps needed to create a fairer and more transparent global tax system. The 18-page report, which was prepared at the request of the G8 leaders for the recent G8 summit, analyzes how jurisdictions could implement automatic information exchange in a multilateral context and outlines four steps needed to put in place a global, secure and cost effective model of automatic exchange of information. The report follows the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors endorsement in April 2013 of automatic exchange of information for tax purposes as the expected new standard.

In the report, the OECD comments that offshore tax evasion is a global issue that requires global solutions. Otherwise, the issue is simply relocated rather than resolved.


The OECD is accepting comments on specifications for the information to be exchanged, the legal basis for the exchange and consideration of the necessary platform to exchange the information.


Steps for automatic exchange of information model
The OECD report sets out the key success factors for an effective model for automatic exchange and provides relevant background. The report also outlines the following four steps (and potential timeframes) needed to put this model into practice:


  • Enacting broad framework legislation to facilitate the expansion of a country's network of partner jurisdictions
  • Selecting (or where necessary entering into) a legal basis for the exchange of information
  • Adapting the scope of reporting and due diligence requirements and coordinating guidance
  • Developing common or compatible IT standards.


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