The OECD G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS
About the Inclusive Framework on BEPS
The Inclusive Framework on BEPS brings together over 116 countries and jurisdictions around the globe to collaborate on the implementation of the OECD/ G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Package.
BEPS refers to tax planning strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations where there is little or no economic activity. Although some of these gap-exploiting schemes used by the multinational corporations are illegal, most of them are not. However, this undermines the fairness and integrity of tax systems because businesses that operate across borders can use BEPS to gain a competitive advantage over enterprises that operate at a domestic level. Moreover, when taxpayers see multinational corporations legally avoiding income tax, it undermines voluntary compliance by all taxpayers. See more here. [read]
See the list of members and observers of the Inclusive Framework: [read]
Mandate of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework
The OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework's mandate is to:
- With its inaugural meeting held in June 2016, the 100+ members of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS have moved quickly to take forward its mandate, including the peer reviews of the 4 BEPS minimum standards, monitoring of the other elements of the BEPS package, and the ongoing standard-setting work.
- The Inclusive Framework is also working to provide guidance and support to jurisdictions and taxpayers on the implementation of the BEPS measures, including the top priority BEPS-related issues identified by developing countries. Partnering with other international and regional organisations where appropriate, a broad engagement process on the BEPS Project continues, to ensure that global support for this important agenda is maintained.
The 4 BEPS Minimum Standards to which the members of the Inclusive Framework must conform are:
- BEPS Action 5 - Combat harmful tax practices [read]
- BEPS Action 6 - Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances [read]
- BEPS Action 13 - Guidance on Country-by-Country Reporting [read]
- BEPS Action 14 - Making Dispute Resolution Mechanisms More Effective [read]
It is noted that Article 6 (Purpose of a Covered Tax Agreement), Article 7 (Prevention of Treaty Abuse), and Article 16 (Improving Dispute Resolution) all fall within the scope of minimum standards of the OECD/G20 BEPS package. If a contracting jurisdiction is to meet the minimum standards, it is necessary for it to fully adopt the above-mentioned 3 articles to their CTA's.
Monitoring implementation and the impact of the different BEPS measures is a key element of the work ahead.
Members of the Inclusive Framework have developed a monitoring process for the four minimum standards as well as put in place the review mechanisms for other elements of the BEPS Package. The monitoring of the four minimum standards will ensure that all members, as well as jurisdictions of relevance, will comply with the standards in order to ensure a level playing field. Monitoring mechanisms are going to be developed in order to monitor jurisdictions’ compliance with their commitments. These mechanisms will ensure the effectiveness of the filing and dissemination of the Country-by-Country reports, as provided for by the review of the Country-by-Country standard by 2020. In regards to review mechanisms, they may differ depending on the Actions and will take into account countries' specific circumstances.
All countries and jurisdictions joining the framework will participate in this review process, which allows members to review their own tax systems and to identify and remove elements raising BEPS risks.
See the updates
See full list of OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework members: [read]
All the OECD/G20 BEPS reports [read]
Progress Report July 2017 - June 2018 [read]
- BEPS Action 5 – Minimum standard to combat harmful tax practices [read]