On 29 October 2018, Ecuador signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (“Convention”), raising the total number of jurisdictions to 126 (Link).
The Convention is one of the most important and powerful instruments in the area of international tax cooperation. It provides for all forms of administrative assistance in tax matters, e.g. exchange of information on request, spontaneous exchange, automatic exchange, etc. Furthermore, the Convention provides for the extensive safeguards concerning the protection of the taxpayers’ rights. As the Convention is the premier instrument for the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”), Ecuador is closer to become a CRS participating jurisdiction (Link).
In addition, on the same day Ecuador was added to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement signatories list, raising the number of signatories to 104 (Link).