This report analyses the legal and regulatory framework against the international standard of transparency and exchange of information on request in Estonia as well as the practical implementation over the period under review (1 January 2014-31 December 2016). The assessment of effectiveness in practice is conducted in relation to a three year period (2014 to 2016). This report concludes that Estonia is overall Compliant with the standard.
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is the multilateral framework within which work in the area of tax transparency and exchange of information is carried out by over 90 jurisdictions which participate in the work of the Global Forum on an equal footing. The standards provide for international exchange on request of foreseeably relevant information for the administration or enforcement of the domestic tax laws of a requesting party. "Fishing expeditions" are not authorized, but all foreseeably relevant information must be provided, including bank information and information held by fiduciaries, regardless of the existence of a domestic tax interest or the application of a dual criminality standard. Phase 1 reviews assess the quality of a jurisdiction's legal and regulatory framework for the exchange of information. The ultimate goal is to help jurisdictions to effectively implement the international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.--Publisher's description.