We acknowledged the progress of work of the Asean Forum on Taxation (AFT), particularly in the continuous efforts to complete a network of bilateral tax agreements
, to improve exchange of information for tax purposes, and to enhance members cooperation on capacity-building on taxation matters.
Chancellor Werner Faymann and domestic rivals have said three conditions must be met however, including respecting Austria's bilateral tax agreements
with Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and a requirement that authorities identify the financial owners of shell corporations and trusts.
The European Commission no longer opposes the entry into force of the bilateral tax agreements
- the so-called Rubik agreements - that Germany and the UK signed, in 2011, with Switzerland: indeed, Berlin, London and Berne have now modified the agreements.
Three double tax treaty models provide a reference point for these bilateral tax agreements
between any two countries: the OECD model, the UN model, and the U.
DTAAs are bilateral tax agreements
between countries that provide for certainty on how and when an income will be taxed and by which country.
In July, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands joined the OECD "white list" of countries using recognized tax standards after signing at least 12 bilateral tax agreements
This framework, which is updated regularly, is the basis of many bilateral tax agreements
Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf made the most of her attendance, on 8 November, at her annual meeting with the EU's finance ministers and with representatives the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), to talk with several of her counterparts about the bilateral tax agreements
Berne recently signed with Berlin and London - before Greece, in all likelihood.
Could Switzerland represent part of the solution' to the euro crisis, whose epicentre is in Greece, thanks to the network of bilateral tax agreements
it is building?
The conclusion of bilateral tax agreements
between Switzerland on the one hand, and Germany and the United Kingdom on the other, is creating real havoc in the European Union.