INTERNATIONAL TAX CONCERN FOR BARBADOS’ GOVERNMENT
This island’s Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler, has put on public record Government’s “uneasiness and dissatisfaction with the tenor and process“, which have emerged internationally for handling matters pertaining to tax administration and regulation.
He told his audience: “I can say upfront that Barbados’ record of cooperation with international processes in tax regulation and transparency has been exemplary. I certainly do believe that by and large, for most of our regional colleagues, the same can be said as well.
“It is true that while levels of engagement and intervention may differ across jurisdictions, this is more to do with the asymmetries that exist across countries relative to human resource and financial capacity than it does to a willingness of Governments to cooperate and lead on these matters.”
“I am confident that we have, or are well on our way to achieving both of these objectives,” he assured.
Mr. Sinckler told the delegates that they were no doubt familiar with Barbados’ “forceful push back” in relation to the early incursions of the OECD harmful tax practices matter, the US-driven FATCA law and this country’s successful efforts to become compliant with its demands, and the current fighting of the potentially debilitating corresponding banking/de-risking process.
The Minister pointed out that as recently as last month the OECD upgraded Barbados’ status to largely compliant with the requirements of the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. He added that this country has been building an international tax jurisdiction that was stable, transparent and cooperative with international norms. (SA/BGIS)