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 Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation Programme) was held in April 2013 and a Pilot Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate Programme) in December 2014. With the overwhelming success of these 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. Now over 160 investigators from 42 countries have received training as part of this initiative.  

Outline of the International Academy Programmes

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

  • Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation Programme)

In this 2 week programme, participants will acquire a thorough understanding of the key skills required for conducting financial investigations, including the ability to follow the 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 this Programme, please see our brochure.


  • Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate Programme)

This 3 week, more advanced programme on managing financial investigations 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, including complex money laundering and the challenges of bribery and corruption cases; best practices and international initiatives.

  • Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation Programme): 11–22 April 2016
  • Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate Programme): 12- 30 September 2016
  • Pilot Specialty Course: Launch 2016

For more information on the course description, pre-requisites, and modules offered in this 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.


Preliminary results of the International Academy Programmes

Countries that participated in the Academy Programmes have 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.


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


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