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EU Latest Amendments To List Of Non Cooperative Jurisdictions
Tuesday 15th October 2019
The Council of the EU has recently revised the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters originally published in December 2017 and the Black List now includes nine jurisdictions.
The Council has agreed to remove the UAE and the Marshall Islands from the List and has also found Albania, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Serbia and Switzerland to be compliant with all commitments on tax cooperation.
The UAE and the Marshall Islands have both passed the necessary reforms to implement the commitments they had made to improve by the end of 2018 their tax policy framework by introducing economic substance requirements. Consequently, the UAE is now compliant with all commitments on tax cooperation and can be delisted. The Marshall Islands will be moved from annex I of the conclusions to annex II as the country’s commitments regarding exchanges of information on request continue to be monitored by the Council’s code of conduct group pending the results of the review of the OECD’s Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information.
Albania, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Serbia and Switzerland have implemented ahead of their deadline all necessary reforms to comply with EU tax good governance principles. These countries will be removed from annex II of the conclusions.
The Council also reviewed jurisdictions’ situation following the end of the “two out of three” exception for tax transparency criteria on 30 June 2019. The exception provided that countries failing to comply with only one of the three tax transparency sub-criteria would not be listed in annex I. It concluded that all jurisdictions concerned met the EU’s three tax transparency criteria.
In addition, the Council has agreed that the US’s network of exchange of information arrangements is sufficiently broad to cover all EU Member States, effectively allowing both exchange of information on request and automatic exchange of information in line with international standards and the respective needs of both sides .
The Council has endorsed further updates of annex II and a guidance on foreign source income exemption regimes. The ECOFIN Council of 12 March 2019 had noted with concern the replacement of harmful preferential tax regimes by such regimes of similar effect in certain jurisdictions.
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