Pour l’OCDE : il reste un seul paradis fiscal Trinidad et Tobago … !

L’OCDE a vidé sa liste de paradis fiscaux de 14 à 1 territoire : Trinidad et Tobago … !

Tout ceci démontre à la fois l’utilité de telles listes praticables en dehors des pays « civilisés » et « riches » : la crainte d’être sur de telles listes fait accepter, à contre coeur bien sûr, un certain nombre de normes de l’OCDE apr de petits territoires souvent exotiques. Mais ceci démontre aussi l’absurdité de telles listes : les USA n’ont jamais évidemment été recensés par l’OCDE comme un paradis fiscal, ni évidemment la City et son réseau de territoires … et au sein de l’Union européenne ou pour la Commission européenne, il n’existe pas de paradis fiscaux au sein de celle-ci : comme par exemple le Luxembourg, l’Irlande, la Belgique … Alors de quoi parle-t-on avec une liste de paradis fiscaux, sinon d’un instrument de pression ou de dissuasion utilisé par les plus forts contre les plus faibles !


L’analyse de Tax Justice Network :

📰 The Offshore Wrapper – Friday 30 June 2017

Tax Havens disappear

This week saw the most recent instalment of the OECD’s regular publication – empty lists of tax havens.

In response to the Panama Papers last year, the G20 tasked all countries to implement global transparency standards, and for the OECD to report back to them on which countries had failed to come up to scratch.

These standards are there to allow countries to get information about their taxpayers’ offshore holdings.

Ahead of next week’s G20 summit, the OECD has published their list, and there appears to be only one country in the world, Trinidad and Tobago, which has failed their test. The OECD has hailed this as ‘great progress’.

This is not the first time the OECD has embarrassed itself by declaring a premature end to tax havens. In 2012, the organisation declared that all countries had taken sufficient measures to remove themselves from their tax haven blacklist.

And then we had Swissleaks, BVI leaks, Luxleaks and the Panama Papers.

Back in 2012 the OECD got things badly wrong when they set the bar ridiculously low. All a country had to do to remove themselves from the blacklist was to sign basic information exchange agreements with a handful of countries.

Today their empty blacklist looks just as weak, with countries only needing to show a commitment to transparency (not actual transparency) before being removed from the list.

None of this means of course that there has been no progress at all. There has. Despite not being perfect, we are seeing the adoption of better systems for sharing tax information between states, but surely progress would be helped if organisations like the OECD set a high bar for its members and encouraged them to strive for excellence, rather than continually and prematurely declaring an end to this important problem.