India a fully committed partner in tax info exchange: OECD
August, 01st 2013
India has come in for praise by the world's top economic policy body, OECD, for putting in place a robust mechanism for exchange of information on issues related to taxation aimed at curbing black money and tax evasion.
The Paris-based world body, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, has hailed India and said that top world economies consider the country "a very important and fully committed partner with long experience in exchange of information".
The OECD published a report on Wednesday for 13 juridisctions across the world which includes India.
"Later this year, most of these reviews will feed into the ratings assigned to 50 jurisdictions, backing G20 and global forum efforts to strengthen tax cooperation and stamp out cross-border tax evasion," the OECD report said.
The report, according to top sources in the Indian Finance Ministry, will act as a "shot in the arm" for the anti-money laundering and counter tax evasion regime formulated and practised in the country.
The OECD, with top economies like the US and UK as its full-time members, has released the Peer Review Report-phase 2 under the aegis of the global forum for transparency and exchange information for tax purposes.
"The Phase 2 review shows that India's exchange of information practice is in line with the international standard for transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.
"India's legal framework and its practical implementation ensure that ownership, accounting and bank information is available and accessible by the tax administration in line with the standard," the report said.
"India now has in place appropriate organisational processes and resources to ensure effective exchange of information and greatly improved the timeliness of responses during 2011 and 2012. India is considered by its treaty partners a very important and fully committed partner with long experience in exchange of information," it said.