EU Council Updates EU Tax Blacklist

The EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for taxation purposes was updated by the Council of the EU on 22 February 2021.

Dominica was added to the Blacklist following on from its OECD Global Forum peer review report on transparency and exchange of information, in which its compliance rating remained partially compliant. Barbados was removed to Annex II of the EU Blacklist pending the outcome of a supplementary review by the Global Forum.

Following commitments made to reform tax policies, the following 9 jurisdictions are now listed in the Annex II “grey-list” of non-compliant countries who have undertaken to reform their tax policy: Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Eswatini, Jamaica, Jordan, Maldives, Thailand and Turkey. Turkey has been asked to resolve exchange of information issues with Member States in order to avoid being moved to the blacklist.

Twelve jurisdictions remain on the EU blacklist: American Samoa, Anguilla, Dominica, Fiji, Guam, Palau, Panama, Samoa, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, the US Virgin Islands and Vanuatu. Morocco, Namibia and Saint Lucia have now been removed completely from the list after fulfilling all commitments.

Ref. CFE’s Tax Top 5 – 22 February 2021

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