Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-Common, G20 summit
St. Petersburg, 5 September 2013
(As ready for supply)
President Putin, Heads of State and Authorities, Ministers, Colleagues,
The emphasis that the Russian Presidency has positioned on returning to applicable ranges of development calls for an acceleration of the structural reform agenda in all G20 international locations. It entails a gradual normalization of the coverage stance in superior economies, whereas preserving in thoughts the spill-over results; it has to deal with the nonetheless unacceptably excessive ranges of unemployment and the rising inequalities; it would require steady dedication by G20 members to maintain markets open for commerce and funding and for us to finish the restore of the monetary sector.
The opposite problem now we have to deal with is the lack of belief by our societies within the capability of governments to deal with their issues.
That is the place the tax agenda of the G20 kicks in as one of the vital significant deliverables of the group:
- Taxation lies on the coronary heart of the social contract and constitutes a strong instrument to cut back inequalities.
- The measures you are taking to battle tax evasion and tax erosion, will present the mandatory sources to finance development enhancing public funding, restore the well being of public funds and promote job creation.
- Making certain that rich people pay their justifiable share of tax, and stopping double non-taxation of multinational enterprises will assist to revive public belief in governments.
Till 2009, it was inconceivable to acquire tax data from jurisdictions that had financial institution secrecy. 4 years later, 120 jurisdictions are working collectively within the context of the International Discussion board on Tax Transparency to make it potential. Over 1100 agreements to alternate tax data at the moment are in place, delivering revenues.
Furthermore, along with your collective management and assist, we at the moment are making ready emigrate in direction of a brand new, extra formidable, single world commonplace: automated alternate of tax data. 56 international locations, together with all G20 members, have already signed the Conference on Mutual Administrative Help in Tax Issues, to maneuver in direction of automated alternate of tax data.
The opposite nice activity that you’re endeavor is a far-reaching overhaul of worldwide tax guidelines: the latter haven’t saved tempo with the altering enterprise surroundings, together with the rising significance of intangibles and the digital economic system. As you mentioned, President Putin: “The G20 Motion Plan on Base Erosion and Revenue Shifting (BEPS), developed with the assist of the OECD, might be thought of probably the most distinguished step in direction of modernization and coordination of our international locations’ tax insurance policies in 100 years.”
I’m comfortable to tell you that each one G20 international locations have signed on to BEPS and at the moment are members of the G20/OECD BEPS Challenge.
We’re taking a look at methods to shut loopholes in worldwide tax guidelines that enable corporations to artificially shift income away from the international locations during which they’re generated. We’re even contemplating the event of a brand new multilateral instrument to amend the present community of greater than 4000 bilateral tax treaties, in order that we do not need to renegotiate them one after the other.
The stakes for growing international locations are simply as excessive. They want assist to mobilise their home sources. Thus, our initiative of “Tax.” Their participation might be important to the success of our initiative, as will our cooperation with the UN, the IMF and the World Financial institution.
We will construct a global tax system that’s clear, environment friendly and honest, that serves our economies, our governments and our residents. The OECD is honoured to serve you on this endeavour.