What is the impact of an Asian Tax on the investment industry in Asia? Let’s look at the report from the OECD on tax revenue in selected Asian and Pacific countries and the OECD’s standards for automatic exchange of tax information. This article is intended to provide an overview of the subject, with a special focus on the impacts of an asian tax on Asian investors. You can find more information at the end of this article.
OECD report on tax revenue in selected Asian and Pacific countries
The OECD has just published a report on tax revenues in selected Asian and Pacific countries. The report shows that, in 2017, tax revenue in Asian and Pacific economies contributed to 25 percent or more of GDP. In 2017 alone, income taxes generated a large share of tax revenues, with the exception of Tokelau and Vanuatu. The report also shows that, in 2017, the share of income taxes was high in eight countries. This is despite the fact that the Cook Islands and Tokelau do not have income taxes.
The OECD report also highlights that despite the growing number of multinational corporations in the region, many would not be covered by the proposed Amount A threshold. This would put many regional groups at risk of facing Amount A tax in different market jurisdictions. However, some regions would benefit from carve-outs for sectors such as extractive industries, raw materials, and financial services. But there are significant uncertainties about how these reforms will impact the region’s tax systems.
While Asia-Pacific countries are relatively poor, their middle class has increased. Urbanisation has resulted in an expanding middle class. The OECD secretariat is responsible for providing information to its member governments. Moreover, the OECD also researches and forecasts trends, changes, and evolving patterns in several areas. The OECD report on tax revenue in selected Asian and Pacific countries highlights these issues.
OECD standards for automatic exchange of tax information
The OECD recently published a full version of its Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information for Tax Matters (SAFe-TAX), which requires financial institutions to report detailed financial account information to governments and automatically exchange that data with other jurisdictions. The Standard was developed in response to a G20 mandate and was endorsed by Finance Ministers in February 2014.
The new Standard is intended to facilitate the automatic exchange of tax information among countries and have the potential to reduce tax avoidance. It has been adopted by more than 60 jurisdictions, with more joining the Global Forum in the months to come. However, there are still some concerns about its implementation in Asia. It is unclear how widespread adoption will be, and whether it will make tax administration more efficient. OECD experts and media representatives are available to answer any questions.
The new Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters was developed in 2014. All members were asked to commit to automatic exchange by the Global Forum Secretariat, and the Secretariat has since launched a capacity-building programme to support worldwide implementation. OECD-sponsored AEOI activities are helping countries increase compliance rates and fight tax evasion. The OECD Secretariat is aiming to make AEOI a reality for developing countries.
Impact of asian tax on asian investors
There has been considerable speculation over the impact of a new tax framework on Asian markets. While repatriation of offshore earnings will likely help the stock market in the U.S., Asian governments have been slow to address the issue. As a result, investors are likely to focus on the improving outlook of U.S. companies. In addition, the new tax framework is unlikely to affect Asian equities.
The tax burden is one of the key drivers of foreign direct investment into Asia. With the region becoming one of the world’s largest economies, it offers a range of opportunities for multinational companies. While tax rates and incentives are important, the region’s taxation framework is often overlooked as a factor in determining foreign direct investment. The purpose of this paper is to assess the corporate tax regimes of four Asian countries, and determine their effective average tax burdens. Such comparisons are important when determining the location, scale, and mode of finance of a foreign direct investment.