BEPS Action 5 harmful tax practices peer review transparency frameworkFebruary 19, 2017
OECD (February 2017). The OECD has released key documents, approved by the Inclusive Framework on BEPS, which will form the basis of the peer review of the Action 5 transparency framework. The Action 5 standard for the compulsory spontaneous exchange of information on tax rulings (the “transparency framework”) is one of the four BEPS minimum standards. Each of the four BEPS minimum standards is subject to peer review in order to ensure timely and accurate implementation and thus safeguard the level playing field. All members of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS commit to implementing the minimum standards and participating in the peer reviews. The documents released form the basis on which the peer review processes will be undertaken. The compilations include the Terms of Reference which sets out the criteria for assessing the implementation of the minimum standard, and the Methodology which sets out the procedural mechanism by which jurisdictions will complete the peer review, including the process for collecting the relevant data, the preparation and approval of reports, the outputs of the review and the follow-up process.