07/04/2020 - The OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA), in collaboration with the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA) and the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), has today published a reference document on critical business continuity considerations (also available in French) for tax administrations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is based on input from across the membership of the three organisations. It recognises that the potential duration and severity of the current crisis brings unique challenges in managing the many different elements involved in ensuring continuity of vital tax administration functions as well as the safety of staff and taxpayers.
The publication of this joint document complements other COVID-19 related actions being taken by the FTA to help tax administrations to join-up as effectively as possible, including through:
"The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is placing great strains on how tax administrations can carry out their core functions efficiently and safely. That they continue to do so is essential to navigating this crisis," said Hans Christian Holte, Chair of the FTA. "Bringing together the collective knowledge and experience of global tax administrations through the FTA, CIAT and IOTA is more important than ever in helping us to address the unprecedented challenges with which we are all confronted."
"The collaborative work being undertaken by the FTA, CIAT and IOTA, including in the area of business continuity, is of critical importance in addressing the global challenges of COVID-19," said Pascal Saint-Amans, the Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. "Tax administrations globally have a central role to play in supporting taxpayers, governments and the wider economy at this difficult time."
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