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Executive Director addresses conference on high net worth individuals 

A high level conference on tackling the challenges associated with taxation of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) was held in Vienna, Austria - convened by the WU Global Tax Policy Centre at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business).  CATA Executive Director Duncan Onduru, was among a host of international speakers who were invited to address over 100 delegates that attended the conference. In his remarks, Mr Onduru pointed out that the challenges posed

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2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Only a few weeks remain until the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (GHOGM) commences. The biennial meeting will see Commonwealth leaders coming together in London and Windsor, UK from 16th to 20th April, 2018. 
The theme of the upcoming meeting is: ‘Towards a common future’ and the four main goals are: a more sustainable future; a fairer future; a more secure future; and a more prosperous future. 
To find out more about CHOGM, visit the CHOGM 2018 website.


The Advancing Leadership Potential programme is changing

For 2018 the very highly regarded ALP programme provided for CATA by HMRC has been revised and renamed the Senior Leadership Programme.  For the first time the programme, which was formerly wholly based in the United Kingdom,  will be delivered in two phases.  Part 1 will take place in  Uganda from 21st May to 1st June. Part 2 will follow in the United Kingdom (Lincoln and London) from 30th July to 17th August.

Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday, 16th March, 2018.

Click on the links below for full information.
CATA Circular


Application form


Workshop in Grenada on ‘Security for Automatic Exchange of Information’, 22 to 26 January 2018 

This event was jointly hosted by Mr Michael Stephen, Comptroller of the Grenada Inland Revenue Division and Mr Jon Swerdlow, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators at the IRD offices in St George, Grenada.  Its purpose was to to prepare the Caribbean islands, who have committed to automatically exchange information under the OECD Common Reporting Standard, for security re-assessment against their Action Plans. Technical support was provided by experts from HMRC.  Representatives from Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Montserrat attended.

Press Release issued by the Grenada Inland Revenue Division

Report prepared by Jon Swerdlow and Gill Ince (UK)        


More CATA members join the BEPS Multilateral Convention


Barbados, Jamaica and Malaysia are the latest countries to join the BEPS Multilateral Convention. The convention seeks to strengthen the bilateral treaties to enable implementation of the OECD/G20 BEPS project that aims to counter tax avoidance schemes by the multinational enterprises. The total number of signatories now stands at 78 countries.

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Seasonal greetings from CATA's President

          Esteemed CATA Members,

The festive season has arrived. It is a time of great reflection and of giving thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout the year. I hope that we will continue to stand together in support of each other, to build each other; harnessing on our individual strengths in facing challenges ahead. My utmost gratitude goes to each member of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators for your contribution of resources, time and effort in ensuring the success of our activities throughout the year. May all our efforts this year bear fruit, and we step into 2018 with renewed vigour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish upon all of you, happy holidays, blessed joy and a Happy New Year.



Datuk Sabin Samitah

CATA President


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