Effective tax systems are a critical building block for increased domestic resources in developing countries, essential for sustainable development and for promoting self-reliance, good governance, growth and stability. This report begins with an overview of the current tax capacity building landscape, highlighting key initiatives and recent developments that have emerged in response to developing country needs. It then examines how tax administrations, as well as international and regional organisations, are supporting and delivering capacity building assistance to developing countries, and it offers guidance both in relation to G20 priorities and more generally. The report is based on a mapping exercise and a survey of members of the OECD’s Forum on Tax Administration (FTA), drawing on the insights and expertise of a nine-country task team led by the FTA commissioners of Canada and China and supported by the FTA Secretariat.
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This information note introduces the concept of ‘Right from the Start’ and shares examples of measures aimed at influencing taxpayer behaviour through early interventions or lasting alterations to the compliance environment. It sets out theoretical concepts, provides practical guidance on how these may be applied, and discusses how this can lead to savings and improved compliance outcomes while also benefitting taxpayers.
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Programmes to Reduce the Administrative Burden Resulting from Tax Regulations in Selected Countries: Follow up report
Reducing administrative burdens is a priority for Governments in many countries. This information note brings up-to-date the reported findings of earlier research on the strategies, approaches and measures being used by tax policy makers and revenue bodies to achieve their burden reduction targets.
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This guidance note seeks to provide sufficient information about Standard Business Reporting (SBR) to enable revenue bodies to consider its relevance to their Government and play a major role in cross-Government deliberations and implementation, if deemed appropriate. It has been prepared following research by HMRC officials and with the assistance of revenue bodies participating in the FTA's Taxpayer Services Sub-group.
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This information note prepared by the Forum on Tax Administration provides further information on the systems of pre-filling personal tax returns operating successfully in Denmark and Sweden. (The Forum’s initial note on this topic was published in March 2006.) ‘Pre-filling’ is a concept that has come into prominence over the last 5-10 years following major advances in Nordic region countries and its adoption (to varying degrees) by
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This information note describes features of country programmes to reduce the administrative burden on business and, to a lesser extent, citizens resulting from tax regulations. It has been prepared following extensive research by the Secretariat and with the assistance of revenue bodies participating in the Forum on Tax Administration’s (FTA) Taxpayer Services Sub-group.