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

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Sep012016

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

Thursday
Sep012016

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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Thursday
Sep012016

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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Thursday
Sep012016

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.

Thursday
Sep012016

CATA/IBFD roots for stronger collaboration

 (Left: Executive Director with Senior IBFD researchers led by Prof van Kommer (R)

The Executive Director recently paid a visit to the headquarters of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in The Netherlands and held a meeting with senior researchers of the institution led by Prof Victor van Kommer. CATA has a long standing relationship with the IBFD whose researchers have served as resource persons in various CATA conferences. The team discussed the ongoing technical assistance work that IBFD was undertaking in various part of the world, especially in Africa and the need for collaboration with CATA in some of these initiatives. One particular area identified was the IBFD work on Tax Treaties where the institution has done elaborate research

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Friday
Jul292016

A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment in the Caribbean Region

CATA, in collaboration with the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, is pleased to invite senior and middle level tax officials from the Caribbean countries to this Regional Workshop on Risk Assessment in the context of the tax base, which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, from 3 to 6 October 2016.

Invitation letter and how to register using the KSP

Workshop agenda

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