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In today’s globalised economy, mutual assistance in tax matters and in particular effective exchange of information, are essential for countries to maintain sovereignty over the application and enforcement of their tax laws and to ensure the correct application of tax conventions.
This report examines the role tax intermediaries play in the operation of tax systems and specifically to understand their role in “unacceptable tax minimisation arrangements” as well as to identify strategies for strengthening the relationship betweeen tax intermediaries and revenue bodies.
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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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Since 2001, OECD corporate net lending has risen sharply. This chapter examines various facets of corporate net lending with a view to understanding some of the main forces at play behind the recent run-up.
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The purpose of this guidance note is to promote thinking among revenue bodies on the development of a channel strategy, a set of actions intended to achieve optimal usage of the various means (i.e. channels) for delivering services to taxpayers. The note provides ideas on developing such a strategy, based largely on the experiences of selected revenue bodies.
The online Manual on Effective Mutual Agreement Procedures (MEMAP) makes available, to both tax administrators and taxpayers, basic information and best practices regarding the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP).
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The term 'Advanced Pricing Arrangements' (APA) refers to a procedural arrangement between taxpayer and tax administration intended to resolve potential transfer pricing disputes in advance. These guidelines intend to improve the consistency of application of APAs by providing guidance to tax administrations on how to conduct mutual agreement procedures involving APAs.
These Guidelines are also included in the Annex of the Transfer
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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 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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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