In June, the BVI government announced the signing of tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with Japan. The new TIEA, which became 26th tax agreement for the jurisdiction, will come into force on the thirtieth day after completion of the domestic implementation procedures by both parties. In the British Virgin Islands, TIEAs are implemented through subsidiary legislation under the Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) Act, 2003.
The BVI-Japan TIEA complies with OECD standards for these agreements, providing for assistance through the exchange of information concerning taxes covered by the TIEA. For BVI, the competent authority is the Financial Secretary or an authority designated by him in writing, for example, the International Tax Authority, and for Japan the competent authority is the Minister of Finance or his authorized representative.