The Forum on Tax Administration (FTA), created in 2002, brings together Tax Commissioners and tax administration officials from over 50 OECD and non-OECD economies. The FTA is a forum through which tax administrators share knowledge, undertake research and develop new ideas to enhance tax administration around the world.
The strategic priorities and outputs of the FTA are overseen by a Bureau of 14 Commissioners, chaired by Commissioner Bob Hamilton of the Canada Revenue Agency. The Vice Chairs are Commissioner Chris Jordan, of the Australian Taxation Office and Commissioner Jérôme Fournel, of France’s Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.
- Brings together Commissioners and other stakeholders at an annual Plenary to discuss global challenges and opportunities and to set the strategic priorities for FTA collaboration.
- Harnesses the collective expertise and experience of its members to undertake a set of time-limited collaborative projects, ranging from knowledge-sharing reports to thought leadership and the development of new practical tools.
- Provides opportunities for in-depth dialogue and cooperation between tax administration experts across tax administration functions in a range of Networks and Communities of Interest.
- Engages in dialogue with key stakeholders, including business and taxpayer representatives, tax policymakers and financial regulators, supporting parallel dialogues at a national level.
- Works co-operatively with other OECD fora, international organisations and regional tax organisations.
The Forum on Tax Administration has over 50 members, from advanced and emerging economies across the globe:
- China (People's Republic of)
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong, China
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- Slovak Republic
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
FTA focus areas
Each year the FTA Plenary agrees the focus areas for the year ahead. These are intended to respond to some of the main challenges and opportunities created by a changing business environment, rapid technological developments and an increasingly global economy.
At the 20th Anniversary Plenary in Sydney, Australia, the following priorities were agreed:
The FTA's working arrangements
FTA collaborative work is carried out under three main areas:
Networks and Communities of Interest (COIs)
Networks and Communities of Interest (COIs) bring together subject matter experts across a wide range of tax administration functional areas. These Networks and COIs are:
- Large Business & International Programme
- Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC)
- Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) Forum
- Tax Debt Management Network
- Capacity Building Network
- Gender Balance Network
- Digital transformation Knowledge Sharing Group
- Shadow economy COI
- Analytics COI
- Behavioural insights COI
- Enterprise Risk Management COI
- Human Resources COI
- Innovative Use of Information COI
- Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises COI
- Tax Gap COI
A number of supporting measures coordinated by the FTA Secretariat:
- Tax Administration Series (TAS) which contains comparative information on tax administrations. It examines the performance of tax administration systems, using an extensive data set and a variety of examples to highlight recent innovations and successful practices.
- Inventory of Tax Technology Initiatives (ITTI), an online database containing information on technology tools and digitalisation solutions implemented by tax administrations across the globe.
- Maturity Model Series: Maturity models are intended to help tax administrations globally assess their current performance and consider future possible reforms.
- The development of e-learning, virtual or onsite training as well as peer-to-peer assistance and support (including through the Tax Inspectors Without Borders initiative (TIWB)).
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