Tax and crime

Forum on Tax and Crime


A whole of government approach to fighting financial crime

Financial crime is one of the greatest threats to the economic and social well‑being of people living in all countries. Illicit financial activities such as tax evasion, corruption, terrorist financing, computer fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes are a global problem demanding a global response.

Third International Forum on Tax and Crime
Istanbul • 7-8 November 2013

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 Publication cover for the report on Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector released 7 November 2013.

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

Publication cover for the Bribery and Corruption awareness handbook for tax examiners and tax auditors

Bribery and Corruption Awareness Handbook for Tax Examiners and Tax Auditors

Publication cover for the second edition of the Rome report on Effective Inter-agency co-operation in fighting tax crime and other crimes.

Effective Inter-Agency Co-operation in Fighting Tax Crime

Building on previous events in Oslo and Rome, the Third Forum on Tax and Crime provided an opportunity for senior government officials from tax and customs administrations, anti-money laundering and anti‑corruption authorities, police and law enforcement, public prosecutors, financial regulators and government Ministries, as well as international organisations and NGOs, to discuss current issues and country experiences on key policy and operational topics in combating all forms of financial crime.

Sessions focused on the following:

  • Models for improving  inter-agency co-operation in fighting financial crimes, including the launch of the updated OECD report Effective Inter-Agency Co-operation in Fighting Tax Crimes and Other Crimes.
  • Current issues in combating corruption, including a panel discussion with senior government experts and presentation on the new OECD Bribery and Corruption Awareness Handbook for Tax Examiners and Auditors.
  • Removing legal and operational barriers to effective international co-operation in combating financial crimes
  • The use of Suspicious Transaction Reports in fighting tax crimes.
  • Combating financial crime in the Fisheries Sector, including presentations on INTERPOL’s new Project Scale and the OECD report on tax crime in the sector.
  • Current strategies for detecting and combating tax evasion through electronic sales suppression.
  • Addressing issues of tobacco smuggling and its impact on other crimes including money laundering and tax offences.
  • Current strategies for stemming illicit flows from developing countries.

The event also included discussions on the outcomes of the first meeting of the new OECD Forum of Heads of Tax Crime Investigation, and the Brochure: OECD International Academy Foundation Programme for Tax Crime Investigators, which was launched in 2012.The Forum was jointly hosted by the Turkish Tax Administration, Tax Inspection Board and Financial Intelligence Unit and took place in Istanbul on 7-8 November 2013.   


Previous meetings

Second International Forum on Tax and Crime ∙ Rome ∙ 14-15 June 2012


This Forum brought together senior policy makers from different government agencies including the tax, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption communities, as well as private sector representatives, NGOs and other interested stakeholders. Participants examined best practice approaches to closer inter-agency co-operation at the domestic level and explore how to improve international cooperation. The conference also showcased specific key risks in the tax and crime area, allowing countries to target resources and learn from the experience of others.


First International Forum on Tax and Crime ∙ Oslo ∙ 21-23 March 2011


Issues related to greater inter-agency co-operation were discussed by more than 150 delegates from 54 delegations who participated in the first tax and crime forum on 21-23 March 2011 in Oslo hosted by the Norwegian government. The conference brought together representatives from a range of OECD and non-OECD governmental agencies, including Tax Administrations, Finance and Justice Ministries, Financial Intelligence Units, Central Banks, FATF, International Organisations, as well as business and NGOs.