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Australia-Netherlands Antilles sign Tax Information Exchange Agreement.



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No.018

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Australia-Netherlands Antilles Sign Tax Information Exchange Agreement

The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, Peter Dutton, today announced the signing of a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) between Australia and the Netherlands Antilles.

Mr Dutton and Mr Rosaria, the Netherlands Antilles State Secretary of Finance signed the agreement yesterday at Parliament House.

The agreement provides for full exchange of information on criminal and civil tax matters between Australia and the Netherlands Antilles. The agreement aims to improve transparency and establish effective information exchange for

tax purposes and provides important momentum to achieving the aims of the OECD’s Harmful Tax Practices Initiative and related Global Forum on Taxation.

TIEAs are also an essential tool in Australia’s efforts to combat offshore tax evasion, supporting government initiatives such as Operation Wickenby.

Mr Dutton praised the Netherlands Antilles for their commitment to the OECD regarding issues of transparency and exchange of information. The Netherlands Antilles also signed a TIEA with New Zealand during the same ceremony.

The Netherlands Antilles has a significant offshore financial centre, and this signing will help progress Australia’s broader TIEA negotiation programme with other similar jurisdictions.

Australia has a comprehensive TIEA negotiation programme. This agreement is the third such arrangement entered into by Australia, which recently signed its second TIEA with Antigua and Barbuda in January 2007.

Copies of the agreement are available on the Treasury’s website at: www.treasury.gov.au.

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