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International Tax Transparency Standards: G20 sets compliance deadline

The G20 leaders have set the deadline for the countries “including all financial centres and jurisdictions………to commit without delay to implementing the standards of automatic exchange of information by 2018 at the latest”. In a communique issued after their meeting in Hangzhou, China on 5th September, the leaders called for countries to “sign and ratify the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax matters”.

While endorsing the ongoing work by the OECD

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2016 CATA/HMRC training programmes end in London

A total of 32 delegates from around the Commonwealth have successfully completed their six-week summer residential training programmes ("ALP" and "CTAC") in the UK. The participants, who this year also included delegates from Ethiopia and Egypt, presented their closing project papers to a panel attended by the Chairman of HMRC Mr Edward Troupe, senior officials of the HMRC and CATA's Executive Director.

The delegates were subsequently the principal guests at an evening cocktail reception hosted on

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37th Annual CATA Technical Conference, 7 to 11 November 2016

Arrangements for the next CATA Technical Conference, to be hosted by the Barbados Revenue Authority, are now well advanced and the online registration system is now live.  Links to the registration system and the online hotel reservation system have been sent to all CATA Country Representatives, who will be responsible for nominating delegates.  If you wish to be considered please contact your Country Representative or Correspondent.  He or she can be identified from the organisation chart on this web site.  The online systems may also be accessed via the Members Area of this web site, together with all Conference papers currently available.  The deadline for registration is 30 September 2016.

A circular requesting the submission of country Background Papers in preparation for the Conference has been sent to all Country Representatives and Correspondents, together with guidance notes to assist in their completion.  The deadline for the submission of Background Papers to the Secretariat is 15 August 2016.

Click on the links below for further information. 

 Invitation letter      Logistical information  

                                                                                 Progress report by the ED @ 1 September  

                                                                                          Dedicated Conference Web Site


Pilot project on “Cooperative Compliance” making good progress

(Left: some participants at the workshop on “cooperative compliance” in Vienna)

The project is an integral part of the Tax and Good Governance project, an initiative launched by the WU Global Tax Policy Centre in April 2015 in co-operation with the African Tax Institute (ATI) at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  The project is aimed at creating a neutral platform for all interested stakeholders:  academia, business,

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Countries embracing TADAT

(Left: Justin Zake- Chief of Unit, TADAT Secretariat)

The uptake of the Tax Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) continues to rise with a number of countries being involved in the training of TADAT Assessors. The framework that gives a 360-degree view of tax administration- based on nine (9) key Performance Outcome Areas (POAs)- has also been embraced by many development partner agencies as a critical tool for identifying existing gaps in tax administration and thereby assisting in designing and targeting the appropriate interventions.  During a recent visit to CATA offices in London, the Chief of Unit and Head of TADAT Secretariat Mr Justin Zake

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Executive Director attends the 20th IOTA General Assembly

At the invitation of the Executive Secretary of the Inter-European Organization of Tax Administrations, the Executive Director of CATA joined other delegates for the IOTA 20th General Assembly that was held in Bucharest, Romania. The theme of the Conference “big data” proved to be a very timely and interesting topic in the light of recent developments in the area of transparency and Exchange of Information.

The Executive Director with the Executive Secretary of IOTA                                                                                   

The new international transparency and reporting standards coming out of the BEPS work is expected to see massive and real time flow of data between jurisdictions that if not well handled may pose innumerable challenges to tax administrations. Of particular concern is the Automatic exchange of Country-by-Country reports which is expected to commence in 2017 and of which adequate preparations to manage that data is a key concern. Luckily, there are numerous software developers who can assist in this process. On the side-lines of the Conference, the Executive Director held a meeting with his IOTA counterpart Mr Jan Christian Sandberg and the CIAT Director of Planning Mr Socorro Velazquez.

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