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OECD head of tax steps down after 10 years



Pascal Saint-Amans spent 15 years in total at the OECD, holding the position of director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration for 10 years and spearheading a number of global tax reforms. Photo: Romain Gamba/Maison Moderne

Pascal Saint-Amans spent 15 years in total at the OECD, holding the position of director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration for 10 years and spearheading a number of global tax reforms. Photo: Romain Gamba/Maison Moderne

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the tax centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will step down after holding the position for over 10 years, having worked for 15 years in the organisation.

Saint-Amans, who was at the forefront of global tax reforms aimed at preventing tax avoidance, will retire from 1 November “to pursue other career opportunities”, the OECD declared in a statement. The landmark of his tenure was launching the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS) and brokering in 2021 an agreement among 137 countries and jurisdictions on a two-pillar solution to tax challenges linked to the digitisation and globalization of the economy. Under Saint-Amans the OECD also launched in 2022 the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches.

“I am very grateful to Pascal for the enormous, historically significant contribution he has made to international tax policy reform and administration through his work at the OECD,” stated the OEC’s secretary-general of the centre for tax policy and administration.

As director, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Saint-Amans led the introduction as a global standard in 2014 of automatic exchange of financial account information. This came in addition to making possible the exchange of information on request by most of the 165 members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information in Tax matters.

Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, will step in Sant-Amans’ position from 1 November to 31 March.

During a visit by Saint-Amans in January 2022 finance minister Yuriko BackesYuriko Backes (DP) reiterated the grand duchy’s support for the tax reform. “Luxembourg has always advocated and will continue to advocate for a global level playing field,” she said at the time.