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Friday
May122017

Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering”, Nagpur, India, 22 - 24 August

Arrangements have now been finalised for the Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering” which will be held in the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur, India from 22nd to 24th August, 2017.

Click on the links below for full information.

CATA circular

Logistical information

Friday
May122017

Management Committee meets in London

The 2017 Spring meeting of the Management Committee took place in London on the 19th and 20th April. The Committee, chaired by Mr Sudhamo Lal, Director General of Mauritius Revenue Authority, welcomed the appointment of Datuk Sabin Samitah as the new CEO of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Samitah became the President of CATA following the retirement of Tan Sri Mohd Mahfar.

The Committee approved the revised Charter of Functions for the Regional Directors.

Friday
May122017

CATA Pacific Region Workshop on Tax Risk Assessment

The Workshop on Tax Risk Assessment for the Pacific region countries which was held in Suva Fiji, from 26 to 27th April, 2017, attracted 37 participants from countries within the region. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Korea Policy Centre and the OECD, was officially opened by the CEO of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Mr Visvanas Das. The Director General of Korea Policy Centre Mr Choon Ho Park also provided opening remarks.

(Workshop materials will be uploaded onto the members area of this site shortly)

Seated from left: Mr Visvanas Das, Mr Onduru and Mr Choon Ho Park pose for a photo with the participants

Wednesday
Mar222017

Blockchain: The Next Frontier for Tax Administrations

The term "blockchain" is on many people’s lips and for good reason; it is a potentially transformational technology that could have as much impact as the arrival of the Internet in the 1990s. The ability to create a transparent and immutable record of transactions between parties that may not fully trust one another has obvious application to finance and financial regulation. Add to that the ability to automate transactions themselves, through "smart contracts" and you have a recipe for slashing transactional costs and reducing the need for traditional intermediaries. But what about taxation? A lot of thinking on the application of blockchain to financial markets is already underway but tax risks falling behind.

To fill this gap the Global Tax Policy Centre at Vienna University of Economics and Business initiated in March a program of work to study the impact of blockchain on taxation with a ground breaking meeting of senior tax officials, legal experts, industry specialists, technologists and academics. These initial discussions

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Commonwealth Day

The Commonwealth Day was celebrated on the 13th March with a message from Her Majesty The Queen emphasizing the theme of “a peace-building Commonwealth”. Part of Her Majesty’s message read “As members of the Commonwealth family we can find much to be thankful for in the inheritance we have received from those who came before us”. At an evening reception held in Marlborough House, The Queen was represented by His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

 

(HRH Prince Charles mingles with delegates at Marlborough House - photo courtesy of The Commonwealth)

Full message from HM The Queen

Wednesday
Mar222017

CATA/ HMRC tax leadership course piloted in Ghana

The inaugural one-week Tax Leadership Course was piloted in Accra, Ghana for the Ghana Revenue Authority between the 7th and 10th March, 2017.  The Course was facilitated by Messrs Paul Stafford and Roger Bracken with the support of David Yellowley, Grace Sowah and Sara Bryant of the HMRC.

The Course, which is a compressed version of the annual 8-week program conducted in the UK, was being piloted for the first time with a view to exploring how it can be delivered within the regions and closer to the members. The curriculum included such important topics as “Principles of effective leadership”, “Strength Deployment Inventory” and ” Emotional intelligence and Stakeholder engagements”.

A total of 15 delegates from the Ghana Revenue Authority attended the course and the course was rated very highly by the participants. There are plans to replicate a similar program in other regions.

(Photo: kneeling front, Roger Bracken (L) and Paul Stafford (R) with delegates)