CATA is the Commonwealth organisation for tax administrators
It helps member countries through training programmes, technical conferences and knowledge sharing to develop effective tax administrations that promote sustainable development and good governance over the long-term.
CATA, with 49 member countries, is presently the largest organisation of tax administrators in the world.
The year 2008 marked CATA's 30th anniversary. The Association has grown steadily in membership and activities. Our aim, with the support and participation of all member countries, is to make it the most vibrant and broadly based inter-governmental tax organisation.
This year’s Annual Technical Conference was held in Kigali Rwanda, under the auspices of the Rwanda Revenue Authority, from the 20th to 25 October. A total of 109 delegates from 25 countries and 5 international organisations attended. The Conference was officially opened by Ambassador Claver Gatete, Rwanda’s Minister for Finance and Economic Planning. Among the senior officials who addressed the Conference were the President of CATA Mr George Blankson, the Chairman of CATA Tan Sri Dr Mohd Mahfar, the Commissioner General of the Rwanda Revenue Authority Mr Ben Bahizi Kagarama and CATA Executive Director Mr Duncan Onduru. Seasoned tax administrators from the Commonwealth and speakers from international tax research firms facilitated the discussions on the two topics of the Conference, namely, the untapped potential of Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises and Current issues in taxing High Net worth Individuals.
CATA wishes to extend its thanks to the government and people of Rwanda both for the excellent conference arrangements and for the warm hospitality extended to all delegates during the event.Photos of Conference
Mr Duncan Otieno Onduru, from Kenya, took up his duties as CATA's new Executive Director on 1 August 2013.
Duncan, who was appointed by the Management Committee following a final interview of shortlisted candidates held in London earlier this year, succeeds Mr Tutu Bakwena, who is returning to a senior taxation post in Botswana.
The Members area now contains the minutes of the 2012 General Meeting, as well as a full video record of the Conference and all the supporting documentation. Log in to the Members area to access these.
The Executive Director has extended a very warm welcome to the Isle of Man, which has become CATA's 49th member. The Isle of Man will be represented within the Association by the Income Tax Division of the Isle of Man's Treasury.
CATA is pleased to announce the recent publication of two guides.
"Examination of Accounts for Tax Auditing",by Jameel Ahmed Bhutto, is a new booklet intended to help tax auditors identify material defects and distortions in accounts prepared with the wilful intention of avoiding the proper taxation of income.
"Tax Audit Techniques in Cash Based Economies", by Sheikh Sajjad Hassan, is the second edition of CATA's popular practical guide to the detection of unrecorded cash transactions, first published in 2005. This edition has been comprehensively updated, and includes new material on brokers and estate agents and expanded sections on importers, exporters, wholesalers, transport businesses and insurance companies.
CATA and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are pleased to announce the introduction of a new E-learning product – Tax Audit Fundamentals (TAF), for use by CATA members.
TAF is an interactive learning experience designed to take new auditors through each stage of conducting an audit. It may be completed entirely online, or alternatively downloaded in PDF format for offline use. An exercise is presented at the conclusion of each unit of TAF to reinforce the learning objectives. There is also a final exercise at the end of the product to enable the learner to check the level of comprehension of basic auditing attained. We encourage all users to provide feedback about TAF to the CRA through the questionnaire included as part of the product. The CRA will monitor user feedback on an ongoing basis.
To access TAF please log in to the members area and select "e-learning: Tax Audit Fundamentals".
Further details will be posted as these become available.