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The purpose of this note is to share information concerning the strategies employed by a number of selected revenue bodies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of indirect measurement methods used to validate and to establish taxpayers’ tax liabilities in the course of tax audit activities. The note summarises the results of a short survey conducted in selected countries on their use of indirect income measurement methods, with
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The purpose of this note is to report the findings, observations and international comparisons derived from a survey of auditor workforce management approaches adopted in selected OECD countries. The survey, conducted over the last year and involving some 10 member countries, explored a range of matters, including: 1) identifying the required capabilities of auditors and audit managers; 2) methods for assessing auditor capability; 3)
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This information note focuses on audit programmes and the conduct of individual audits. It identifies common key features of audit activity found in a wide variety of tax administrations and outlines the principles underpinning these characteristics. The note does not purport to be an authoritative and comprehensive guide on how audit activities should be conducted. Rather, it draws together information provided by member countries
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The OECD's project on Harmful Tax Practices: 2006 Update on Progress in Member Countries
The OECD has released a report on the progress in eliminating harmful tax practices in OECD countries.
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A study of grant design that integrates both theoretical and empirical insights from the fiscal federalism literature, and information obtained directly from practitioners concerning their experiences with the implementation of different types of grants.
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How fiscal rules can help minimise pressure on resources and ensure that they are used efficiently. Economics Department Working Paper 456 by Douglas Sutherland, Robert Price and Isabelle Joumard.
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This paper provides data and interpretation on the fiscal resources of sub-central government in OECD countries. It presents a set of fiscal autonomy indicators such as revenue and expenditure decentralisation, tax autonomy, intergovernmental grants and the stringency of fiscal rules.
On 27 February 2006 the OECD released an open invitation to comment on a number of issues in relation to transactional profit methods described in the OECD's Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations. Numberous contributions have now been received and will be carefully examined by Working Party No. 6 on the Taxation of Multinational Enterprises.
Tax reform is an on-going process, with tax systems continuously adopting to reflect changing economic, social and political circumstances. Over the last two decades, almost all OECD countries have undertaken structural changes in their tax system which have altered the way these systems function and their economic and social impacts. In some countries – as, for instance, many of the Eastern European economies in transition - the