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OECD update on preferential tax regimes

The OECD has released their latest report following a peer review on preferential tax regimes. In order to ensure a level playing field in the international tax arena, there has been concerted effort to ensure that jurisdictions do not engage in harmful tax practices which includes regimes that creates distortions in taxation. The report reveals significant improvement as most jurisdictions take steps to review their tax regimes and make them compliant with the requirements of Action 5 of the OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). 

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39th CATA Technical Conference


                                                                                                                              Group photo of delegates

The 39th Annual Technical Conference and 14th General Meeting of CATA  drew to a successful conclusion in Nadi, Fiji on 16 November 2018. 

Read the Final Communique here

All of the Conference documentation (including the presentations) is now available for download from the Members Area of this website.

A full report of the proceedings will follow.


Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards

The Commonwealth Secretariat has just announced the launch of the Secretary General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards. These awards seek to celebrate and support impactful innovations and forward-looking solutions that are helping Commonwealth countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while advancing the values of the Commonwealth Charter.

The awards are open to Commonwealth citizens and Commonwealth country-based organisations from the public, private or voluntary sectors. Women and young people are especially encouraged to apply.

There are five thematic categories for the awards - People, Prosperity, Peace, Planet and Partnerships. Three winners in each category will be selected by an independent jury based on the impact or potential of the innovations to advance one or more of the SDGs in Commonwealth countries. All 15 winners will receive a trophy, a certificate and £2,000 in prize money.

All details of the awards and nomination forms can be found at


39th Technical Conference and 14th General Meeting, 12 to 16 November

The 39th CATA Technical Conference and 14th General Meeting, which are being held in Nadi, Fiji, will be taking place in just under two months and preparations for them are well underway. The theme of the Conference is 'Building sustainability and resilience in tax administration'.

Delegates that wish to attend this year will need to register online. The deadline for registration is 12th October. It is also recommended that attendees secure their accommodation in Fiji as soon as possible.

Detailed instructions on how to register can be found in the Members Area of this website (Members Area/Downloads). These include the password which is required for the registration site,

An Information Note containing additional information about the conference can also be found in the Members Area of this website, or requested from the CATA Secretariat.


Senior Leadership Programme 2018 concludes

The 2018 SLP delegates with HMRC staff photographed at Lawress Hall, LincolnPhoto credit: Kamara Photography

Twenty-three delegates from eleven countries have successfully completed the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP). Part 2 of SLP took place at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) training centres in London and Lincoln over a three-week period. This second phase residential component followed on from Part 1 of SLP, which was hosted in Kampala, Uganda from 21st May to 1st June.

Part 2 of SLP built on material delegates had been taught during the first phase of the programme and included presentations and workshops by HMRC trainers and experts. 

The training programme culminated on the 17th August with the participants presenting group reports to an audience that included experts from HMRC and CATA’s Executive Director, Duncan Onduru. The day ended with a cocktail reception held at Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where the delegates were also awarded with certificates of participation.

The group reports may be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.

 View more photos from the programme here



Senior tax officials attend workshop on investigation and intelligence gathering techniques


Following the success of last year’s event, the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), in Nagpur, India kindly hosted a second workshop on the topic of investigation and intelligence gathering techniques. This event was attended by twenty-six participants from eleven Commonwealth countries and took place from 20th to 24th August, 2018.

The purpose of this interactive course was to equip the participants with up-to-date methods of investigation and intelligence gathering in order to deal with tax avoidance and tax evasion. Some of the topics covered at the workshop included the impact of virtual/crypto currencies on tax investigation, investigation techniques in the banking sector, and investigation techniques used in capital markets. The workshop also provided the participants the opportunity to share experiences of the challenges faced by their respective tax administrations and discuss ways in which these challenges can be tackled.