News / Bulletins from the Executive Director of CATA, Duncan Onduru









Norwegian Tax Administration visit CATA Secretariat 

A delegation from the Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) recently paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director at Marlborough House, London. The team, which also included a representative from the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), discussed a wide range of issues around tax for development, focusing on the Addis Ababa Tax Initiative and the UN Financing for Development with its emphasis on domestic revenue mobilization.

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Australia issues draft guidelines on the application of Hybrid Mismatch rules

The Australian Taxation Office has issued draft guidelines for comments by the public on the application of Action 2 of the OECD BEPS Action Plan - Hybrid Mismatches - which has been identified as one of the key contributors to tax base erosion.

Read the ATO’s Practical Compliance Guideline


OECD publishes further guidelines on the implementation of BEPS Actions 8 and 10

To guide further implementation of the BEPS agenda, the OECD has now published a report on ‘Hard to value intangibles (HTVI) - Action 8’ and a revised guidance on the application of the ‘Transactional Profit Split Method - Action 10' for the determination of transfer prices.

Both reports can be accessed by the links below:

Guidance on BEPS Action 8

Revised Guidance on BEPS Action 10



CATA 40th Anniversary Celebrations


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inception of CATA, the CATA Secretariat will be publishing a commemorative magazine. In order to compile the magazine, the CATA Secretariat kindly requests member countries to submit articles about their revenue authority/tax administration they wish to be featured in the magazine.

The articles should not exceed 300 words and the content of the articles should consist of significant examples of how a country’s tax administration has been strengthened/improved or any important milestone achieved by a tax administration from any time since 1978 to the present day.  

Please send articles to by 31st July 2018.



Swaziland changes its name to Kingdom of Eswatini 

On 19th April 2018, King Mswati III announced that Swaziland had officially changed its name to the Kingdom of Eswatini. The renaming of the country coincides with the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence. There has been no change to the name of the country’s revenue authority which therefore continues to be known as the Swaziland Revenue Authority.


Part 1 of Senior Leadership Programme 2018 completed

Part 1 of the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP), attended by twenty-four delegates from twelve countries, successfully concluded on 1st June 2018. The programme which was formally known as Achieving Leadership Potential was revised in 2018 to consist of two phases. The first phase of the programme is a two-week residential component and was held in Kampala, Uganda this year.

Part 2 of SLP will take place in London and Lincoln, United Kingdom from 30th July to 17th August 2018.