OECD Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation

About the Academy

The OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation is an integral part of the OECD’s Oslo Dialogue initiative which supports countries in their combat against tax crime and other financial crimes through three key pillars: (i) standard setting; (ii) capacity building; and (iii) evaluation and impact measurement. More specifically, the Academy supports the capacity building pillar with respect to the enforcement of tax crimes.

The Academy was launched in Ostia, Italy, in 2013, hosted by the Guardia di Finanza, to enhance the capacity of law enforcement authorities to combat tax and other financial crimes.

Since its inception, there has been a steady increase in demand for participation in the Academy and a corresponding rise in political support for such capacity building efforts, including in the G7 and G20. As a result, the OECD and key partners have moved to expand the Academy through the establishment of three new regional centres for Africa (Nairobi, Kenya); Latin America (Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Asia Pacific (Tokyo, Japan).

Objectives of the Academy

The overarching objective of the Academy is to support developing countries in their enforcement of actions against tax crimes and other financial crimes, thus stemming illicit financial flows, increasing domestic resource mobilisation, and building greater trust and confidence in the fairness of the tax system and the government as a whole. It implements these objectives by:

  1. Developing the capacity of tax and financial crime investigators, through training on the key skills and techniques required to effectively prevent, detect, investigate, prosecute, and recover the proceeds of financial crimes;
  2. Raising jurisdictions’ awareness of the ways in which financial crimes like corruption and money laundering erode trust in governments, business, and markets and undermine the rule of law;
  3. Enhancing jurisdictions’ understanding of the importance of developing whole-of-government approaches to combatting financial crime that support effective domestic inter-agency co-operation;
  4. Leveraging participation in Academy programmes to connect different agencies and jurisdictions involved in the fight against cross-border financial crimes, at the domestic, regional, and international level;
  5. Providing participating jurisdictions with the tools required to benchmark their legislative, regulatory, and operational frameworks for combatting financial crime against international best practices;
  6. Providing support and capacity building for participating jurisdictions to translate international best practices into their domestic laws and operations;
  7. Integrating feedback from developing countries on domestic and regional priorities into the Academy curriculum and the OECD’s ongoing standard setting work to ensure that OECD Tax Crime standards are truly global;
  8. Leveraging participation in the Academy to identify jurisdictions that would most benefit from targeted bilateral capacity building, including through the OECD’s new pilot Tax Inspectors Without Borders – Criminal Investigation programme.

Centres of the OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation

International Academy

Location: Ostia, Italy

The OECD International Academy for Tax Crime Investigation, hosted by the Guardia di Finanza (GdF) in Ostia, Italy, was launched in 2013 to enhance the ability of law enforcement authorities, particularly those from developing countries, to detect and investigate tax crimes and other financial crimes and to recover the proceeds of those crimes.

Africa Academy

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

In 2017, under the German Presidency of the G20 and the Africa Partnership Conference, the OECD launched a pilot programme for a regional Africa Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation. This initiative aims to provide demand-driven training addressing the specific needs of African countries and building on Africa-wide experiences and best practices in tackling illicit financial flows. The Africa Academy is located at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Latin America Academy

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Capacity building in tax matters remained a critical political priority under the 2018 Argentinian G20 presidency. In July 2018, the OECD and Argentina’s Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos (AFIP) launched the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation in Buenos Aires.

Asia-Pacific Academy

Location: Tokyo, Japan

In June 2019, in the margins of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting, the OECD and the National Tax Agency of Japan signed a Memorandum Of Understanding to establish the OECD Asia-Pacific Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation. The Asia-Pacific Academy is housed at the Wako Campus of the National Tax College, part of the National Tax Agency of Japan.


New Pilot Programmes

Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation) Virtual Pilot Programme - Francophone Programme: This two-week virtual course is part of the OECD Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation and has been developed with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Directorate General of Public Finance to improve the ability of tax crime investigators to detect and combat tax crimes and other financial crimes, including money laundering and corruption.

Academy schedule

International Academy in Ostia, Italy

  • 10-21 January 2022: Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation programme) (for the MENA Region) - VIRTUAL
  • 7-18 February 2022: Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 16-25 May 2022: Investigative Techniques for the Effective Use of Banking Information (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 5-23 September 2022: Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate programme) - ON-SITE
  • 3-12 October 2022: Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate programme) (for the MENA Region) - VIRTUAL
  • 22 November - 1 December 2022: Anti-Money Laundering: Current Trends, Prosecutions and Challenges presented by Crypto Assets (Specialty programme) - ON-SITE (TBC)

Africa Academy in Nairobi, Kenya

  • 24 January - 2 February 2022: Investigative Techniques for the Cash Economy (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 28 March - 6 April 2022: Asset Recovery: Freezing and Seizing of Assets (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 31 October - 11 November 2022: Managing Financial Investigations (Intermediate programme) - ON-SITE

Latin America Academy in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 14-23 March 2022: Investigative Techniques for the Cash Economy (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 6-15 June 2022: Anti-Money Laundering: Current Trends, Prosecutions and Challenges presented by Crypto Assets (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 17-28 October 2022: Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundations programme) - ON-SITE (TBC)

Asia-Pacific Academy in Tokyo, Japan

  • 28 February - 9 March 2022: VAT/GST Fraud Investigations (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 23 May - 1 June 2022: Anti-Money Laundering: Current Trends, Prosecutions and Challenges presented by Crypto Assets (Specialty programme) - VIRTUAL
  • 28 November - 9 December 2022: Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundations programme) - VIRTUAL

New Pilot Programmes

  • 28 February - 11 March 2022: Conducting Financial Investigations (Foundation programme) - Francophone programme - VIRTUAL

Please note: Courses taking place at the regional Academy centres are restricted to authorities from those regions whereas the international centre in Italy is open to all jurisdictions.

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