OECD and COE to Amend International Tax Treaty

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Council of Europe - 60 years oldAn agreement has been reached by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe to amend the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (CMAAT).

On April 6th the OECD and Council of Europe released a media statement announcing that the CMAAT will be updated in order to bring it up to currently agreed upon standards of international tax transparency. The Convention, opened for signing in 1988, is an international framework which provides facilitation of multinational exchange of fiscal information. The Convention will be updated to reflect modern internationally agreed upon standards in tax transparency and exchange of fiscal information. Under the update, domestic tax law limitations will be removed and exchange of bank information will be available.

The CMAAT update will open participation in the agreement to non-Council of Europe and non-OECD nations, and invitations will be extended for new signatories, especially among developing economies. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, explained the need for the change, saying that it “…provides for the opening of the convention to countries that are not members of the Council of Europe or the OECD, thereby transforming it into an instrument to fight tax evasion worldwide.”

The CMAAT, originally drawn up under the aegis of the OECD and the Council of Europe, is currently enforced by Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, and Ukraine. Canada, Germany and Spain have signed the agreement, though have yet to ratify it.

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