The Global Forum delivers a seminar to assist Thailand to fight tax evasion and a presentation on the effective use of exchanged data at 11th ASEAN Forum on Taxation
11/03/2019 - The seminar on effective use of exchange of information for tax purposes, organised by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank, took place on 4-6 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar provided an opportunity for 68 tax officials from the Thai Revenue Department to focus on the connection between the domestic tax investigation and information gathering framework and the international infrastructure for exchange of information. The aim is to introduce tax auditors to the exchange of information (EOI) infrastructure that has been developed over the last few years, comprising a vast treaty network (around 7000 new Double Tax Conventions, Tax information exchange agreements and other EOI relationships), competent authority structures and EOI facilitation tools.
Tax auditors were encouraged to make effective use of these EOI tools by increasing the number and quality of outgoing requests to their treaty partners. The seminar strengthened awareness among auditors that protection of domestic revenue is closely linked with the effective use of this EOI network. This programme is supported by technical experts from the Asian Development Bank.
The ASEAN Forum on Taxation (AFT) is a platform for ASEAN member states to share knowledge and cooperate on tax matters of interest to the region. The 11th meeting of the AFT Working Group was held on 7-8 March, where Mr. Dónal Godfrey, Deputy Head of the Global Forum Secretariat, delivered a presentation on the effective use of tax information exchanged on request and automatically to counter tax evasion.
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