Global relations and development

Tax policy and tax administration responses to COVID-19 for Asia-Pacific


Date: 14 May 2020

Location: Virtual meeting



The virtual meeting brought together nearly 100 participants from 29 jurisdictions in Asia-Pacific. The meeting was co-hosted by  the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), the Pacific Islands TaxAdministrators Association (PITAA), the Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR), and OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA).

OECD published a range of tax policy and tax administration measures that countries can consider to implement in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. ADB is supporting its developing members in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak through finance, knowledge, and partnerships. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have published a paper on how tax officials in lower-income countries can respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The virtual meeting served as a follow-up to the proposed measures and offered an opportunity for Revenue Authorities to share their experiences, and gather insights from their peers on currently implemented or envisaged policy and administration options. The discussions highlighted the challenges posed by the pandemic for less digitalised tax administrations but at same time the opportunities in terms of innovating tax policy and administration.









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