Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Ralph O'Neal Signs TIEA with France, BVI having talks with Netherlands

Last week, the Prime Minister of the British Virgin Islands Ralph O'Neal signed Tax Information Exchange Agreement with France. The signing of this TIEA which had been already announced in the beginning of June brings their number for BVI to eleven, while twelve are required by OECD in its report on tax transparency and information exchange standards.

The tax agreement with France was signed by BVI Prime Minister and French Budget Minister Eric Woerth who commented that the signing of the agreement was “further evidence of the British Virgin Islands' willingness to implement the OECD principles of transparency and information exchange.”

It is worth saying that in a press conference before the document signing O'Neal talked on territory's intention to be removed from the OECD grey list. He said that the last needed agreement will be signed soon, but BVI will continue negotiations with other countries like Germany, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada and as many countries as they will make contact with.

Another related information from Europe: The tax minister of Netherlands Jan Kees de Jager said on June 25, 2009 that his country has reached agreement with Switzerland on exchange of tax and banking information. He also mentioned that he already agreed deals with Belgium and Luxembourg, Bermuda, Guernsey and Jersey. Currently the talks are ongoing with the authorities of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Singapore.

The Dutch minister commented the already signed tax agreement with Switzerland saying that “the measure on exchanging financial information is part of a revision of the tax treaty between the Netherlands and Switzerland.”

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