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37th Annual CATA Technical Conference, 7 to 11 November 2016

Arrangements for the next CATA Technical Conference, to be hosted by the Barbados Revenue Authority, are now well advanced and the online registration system is now live.  Links to the registration system and the online hotel reservation system have been sent to all CATA Country Representatives, who will be responsible for nominating delegates.  If you wish to be considered please contact your Country Representative or Correspondent.  He or she can be identified from the organisation chart on this web site.  The online systems may also be accessed via the Members Area of this web site, together with all Conference papers currently available.  The deadline for registration is 30 September 2016.

A circular requesting the submission of country Background Papers in preparation for the Conference has been sent to all Country Representatives and Correspondents, together with guidance notes to assist in their completion.  The deadline for the submission of Background Papers to the Secretariat is 15 August 2016.

Click on the links below for further information. 

 Invitation letter      Logistical information  


A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment in the Caribbean Region

CATA, in collaboration with the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, is pleased to invite senior and middle level tax officials from the Caribbean countries to this Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment in the context of the tax base, which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 3 to 6 October 2016.

Invitation letter and how to register using the KSP

Workshop agenda


OECD invites comments on draft transfer pricing guidance

In furtherance of the BEPS Action 8-10 (Aligning Transfer Pricing with value creation), the OECD has issued draft guidance on the revised Profit Split Method for public comment and input. Comments are invited on the OECD discussion draft and these should be submitted by email to by 5th September 2016.

Transfer pricing remains a challenge to many tax administrations, more so within the Commonwealth where

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Commonwealth IFCs react to the “Panama Papers”

Senior officials from various Commonwealth small states recently held a round table discussion in London to reflect on the implication of the “Panama Papers”.  As these states have been identified as key International Financial Centres (IFCs), there has been increased international focus on their role in the current international debate on tax evasion (and tax avoidance), money laundering and other financial crimes. A number of these states appear in the EU Blacklist of 2015 and have also been identified as “jurisdictions of relevance” by the G20 for the purpose of the new standards of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information.

(Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth Secretariat)

The meeting that was convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat with the input and participation of CATA discussed,

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2016 TOIT Workshop in Malaysia a great success

The 20th edition of the Workshop on Taxation of International Transactions or TOIT as it is commonly known was successfully concluded on 27 May 2016. This three-week programme hosted annually by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) at the Malaysian Tax Academy (MTA) commenced on 9 May 2016. TOIT was first introduced in 1997 covering two weeks on treaty interpretation, application and practical negotiation with another one week on transfer pricing. The issues discussed have been kept up-to-date over the years with the latest developments both at the OECD and UN level.

A total of 26 participants from 14 member countries, namely Fiji, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland and host Malaysia participated in the workshop this year.

The resource persons for this workshop were drawn from

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Launch of the Commonwealth Hub


Her Majesty The Queen and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Baroness Scotland at the launch- Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Secretariat website

As part of forging stronger ties between Commonwealth Associated organizations, Her Majesty The Queen last week presided over the launch of the Commonwealth Hub that is set to bring all the Associated organizations under one roof. CATA is privileged to be among the first seven organizations to be part of this Hub.

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