Tax and crime

International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation


A key pillar of the Oslo Dialogue is strengthening the capacity of criminal tax investigators to tackle illicit financial flows and the OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation is a critical part of this initiative. The programme greatly improves the ability of developing countries to detect and investigate financial crimes, and recover the proceeds of those crimes, by developing the skills of tax and financial crime investigators through intensive training courses.

The Pilot Foundation Programme on Conducting Financial Investigations was held in April 2013 and was followed by a second Foundation Programme held in April 2014. Over 60 investigators from developing countries received training as part of these programmes. Building on the success of these Foundation Programmes, the first centre for the Academy was established on 17 June 2014, at the Guardia di Finanza Scuola di Polizia Tributaria in Ostia, Italy.

Outline of the International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation Programmes

The three week course is structured around a number of modules, which are taught through a combination of lectures, group discussions, practical exercises and course participant presentations. 

  • The Foundation Programme
Participants will acquire a thorough understanding of the key skills required for conducting financial investigations, including the ability to trace flows of money through complex financial arrangements and how to effectively use sophisticated techniques to identify links between suspects and their illicit activities.

For more information on the course description, pre-requisites and modules offered in the Foundation Programme, please see our brochure.


  • The Intermediate Programme

This more advanced course is primarily focused on participants with managerial or supervisory responsibility. The modules offered include leadership skills; effectively managing limited resources; international evidence; prosecutorial and investigative challenges; threats and risks assessments; illicit flows; best practices and international initiatives.

For more information on the course description, pre-requisites and modules offered in the Intermediate Programme, please see our brochure.


  • Specialty Courses

Specialty courses will focus on specific areas of criminality such as electronic sales suppression, internet crime, VAT fraud and other emerging issues in tax crime investigation.


  • Foundation Programme:  Conducting Financial Investigations
  • 4–22 May 2015

  • Intermediate Programme:  Conducting Financial Investigations:
    9-27 November 2015

  • Specialty Courses:
    5-9 October 2015 (tbc)

Preliminary Results of the Capacity Building Programme

Countries that participated in the Pilot Foundation Programme reported significant benefits, including legislative changes to combat tax evasion and money laundering, enhanced inter-agency and international co-operation, and a greater capacity to fight illicit flows.


Contact us

Please contact the OECD Secretariat ( for more information on the Academy or to request an application form for one of our training Programmes.