Global relations and development

International Tax Dialogue


The International Tax Dialogue (ITD) is a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank Group and Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT). The ITD aims to encourage and facilitate discussion of tax matters among national tax officials, regional tax organisations, international organisations and other key stakeholders.


The ITD was initiated in April 2002 by the IMF, OECD and World Bank, partly in response to the Monterrey Financing for Development call for enhanced international dialogue on tax matters. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) began participating as a partner in September 2005, the European Commission (EC) joined in late 2008, and CIAT shortly thereafter.


  • Promote effective international dialogue and networking between international organisations, governments, and their officials on tax policy and administration matters.
  • Identify and share good practices in taxation.
  • Work together to identify synergies and avoid duplication of effort in respect of existing activities on tax matters.


The ITD delivers a global conference approximately every two years since its inception, based on key cutting edge issues in tax and its relationship to the broader environment.


These events are intended to capture a key global issue in the light of broader international developments (in this case the role of tax and the environment in the context of COP21) and to add to the global state of play on the tax issue but also feed taxation perspectives into a wider political debate.


Five global conferences have been held to date, each attended by senior officials from more than 90 countries. Conferences have focused on Tax and Intergovernmental Relations in 2013 (Morocco), Tax and Inequality in 2011 (India), Taxation of Financial Institutions in 2009 (China), SMEs in 2007 (Argentina) and VAT in 2005 (Italy). Six follow-up regional conferences have been held since 2009.


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2015 CONFERENCE • 1-3 JULY 2015

The 6th ITD Global Conference on Tax and the Environment is currently taking place in Paris on 1-3- July.

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Publication available to download
A Decade of Sharing Tax Experiences and Knowledge: Key issues and debates in VAT, SME taxation and the tax treatment of the financial sector


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