Overview

The Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) was created in 2002 and is a unique forum on tax administration for Commissioners from 47 OECD and non-OECD countries, including members of the G20. Our vision is to create a forum through which Commissioners can identify, discuss and influence relevant global trends and develop new ideas to enhance tax administration around the world.

Our key aim is to improve taxpayer services and tax compliance by helping tax administrations increase the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of tax administration and reduce the costs of compliance. To ensure that the results of our work are available to as many tax administrations as possible, we publish the results of our key studies in the form of reports and information or guidance notes in the tax administration guidance series.

Members

Since its creation in 2002, the Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) has become a unique Forum for co-operation between revenue bodies at Commissioner-level with participation from the following 47 members:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

How it works

The work of the Forum is overseen by a Bureau of 13 Commissioners from the participating revenue bodies. The Bureau is chaired by Edward Troup, the current HMRC Tax Assurance Commissioner and second Permanent Secretary.

 

The 2015-16 work programme comprises five programmes each of which are sponsored by a Bureau Commissionaires and supported by subject matter experts from participating revenue bodies:

 

In addition to this, the FTA will also complete work on:

  • E-services and digital delivery – How emerging technologies are impacting tax administrations and their ability to develop and deliver services
  • Debt follow-up – Web based application that allows access to a permanent platform for sharing of debt best practice
  • Tax Administration Series 2015

Vision

The FTA's vision is to create a forum through which tax administrators can identify, discuss and influence relevant global trends and develop new ideas to enhance tax administration around the world.

Within the context of a global economy, rapid technological change and fiscal challenges for government, the forum aims to improve taxpayer services and tax compliance - by helping revenue bodies increase the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of tax administration and reduce the costs of compliance.

The FTA achieves this vision and aim through the engagement of participating countries by:

  • Providing a unique global forum where the heads of revenue bodies and their teams can share experiences and expertise on tax administration issues (see list of previous meetings)
  • Harnessing the collective strength of participating revenue bodies and, where appropriate, speaking with one voice and developing joint programmes of action on key tax administration issues
  • Developing and promoting world class products and standards on high integrity, effective, efficient and fair tax administration
  • Engaging in dialogue with key stakeholders (including business and individual taxpayers, tax intermediaries, tax policy makers and financial regulators) and supporting parallel dialogue at a national level
  • Promoting co-operation between countries and working co-operatively with other OECD fora, international and regional tax organisations