FORTY-EIGHT countries and jurisdictions have agreed to implement the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) global tax transparency framework for the reporting and exchange of information on crypto-assets by 2027.
The Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) is a key component of the International Standards for Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters developed by the OECD under a G20 mandate.
It provides for the automatic exchange of tax-relevant information on crypto-assets and comes against the backdrop of a rapid adoption of the use of crypto-assets for a wide range of investment and financial uses.
Unlike traditional financial products, crypto-assets can be transferred and held without the intervention of traditional financial intermediaries, such as banks, and without any central administrator having full visibility on either the transactions carried out or on crypto-asset holdings.
OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann said that the international action on crypto-assets was a ‘major step forward’ in tackling tax evasion.
‘The international community can count on the OECD…to ensure that the tax transparency architecture remains both up-to-date and effective…,’ he added.
Following the delivery of the CARF to G20 Finance Ministers in October 2022, the G20 asked the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes – the leading international body bringing together 168 countries and jurisdiction on the implementation of global transparency and exchange of information standards around the world – to build on its commitment and monitoring processes to ensure the widespread implementation of the CARF by relevant jurisdictions.
Since the finalisation of the legal and operational instruments of the CARF in June 2023, the Global Forum established a dedicated CARF Group to take the work forward.
The crypto-asset reporting issue will be further discussed at the Global Forum’s 16th Plenary Meeting taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from November 29 to December 1.
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