IOTA was established in 1996 in the 3rd Conference of Central and Eastern European and Baltic Countries’ Tax Administrations held in Warsaw (28 –30 October). The setting up of the Organisation took place in December, with the launching of the Secretariat and the nomination of the first President and Executive Secretary. The creation of the Charter of IOTA and the formation of the Executive Council, one of the main decision making bodies of the organisation, were among the milestones that eventually paved the way for the organisation of the annual work programme. The Secretariat became operational as of from 1 March 1997, with 7 founding members.
At the 1st General Assembly (29 September – 2 October, 1997) the Seat Agreement was signed between IOTA and the Government of the Republic of Hungary. The first Executive Secretary of IOTA was Mr. Jacques Carre from the French Tax Administration.
IOTA in the initial years successfully concentrated on profile building and establishing credibility on the international scene. A common understanding was also reached that IOTA represented the members’ mutual interest by providing a forum for the exchange of experience and assistance for the modernisation of tax administrations in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the context of the enlargement of the European Union. By the joining of the EU of several member states the profile of IOTA has shifted from assistance in modernisation to share of experiences and best practices.
In the past years IOTA has significantly widened its membership and its international activity. IOTA has 45 full members today. IOTA has developed cooperation with various international organisations which provide technical assistance to tax administrations worldwide. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with CIAT, the European Commission and OECD.
The decisions about accession of member states were made in the following General Assemblies:
|1996||7 founding members(Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia)|
|1997||3 new full members (Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia) and 5 associate members)|
|1998||3 new members (Romania as a full member and Denmark and Germany as associates).|
|1999||4 new members: Estonia as a full member and Austria, Belgium and Italy as associate.|
|2001||Croatia and Moldova became members, Finland and Sweden associate members. The membership grew to 14 full members and 12 associate members.|
|2002||Azerbaijan, Germany and Serbia became full members, and Iceland, Norway and Switzerland associate members of the Organisation. Membership had now grown to 17 full members and 15 associate members.|
|2003||The United Kingdom and Montenegro were accepted as full members and Ireland and Ukraine (as from the year 2004) joined as associate members.|
|2004||France, Georgia and Ireland and the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina were accepted as full members. At this time membership rose to 24 full members and 13 associate members.|
|2005||6 former associate members decided to become full member: the Netherlands (with immediate effect), Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden from 2006.|
|2006||Full membership of Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Switzerland and Ukraine was accepted, making the membership 38|
|2007||The IOTA membership was increased by acceptance of the applications of the Indirect Tax Authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina (with immediate effect), the Tax Administration from Portugal (as from 1 January 2008) and the Tax Administration from Jordan (associate membership also from 1 January 2008).|
|2008||The members accepted the application for immediate full membership to the Organisation by the Tax Administrations of Belarus and application for associate membership to the Organisation by the Tax Administration of Kazakhstan, with effect from 1 January 2009.|
|2009||The members accepted the application for immediate full membership to the Organisation by the Tax Administration of Luxembourg.|
|2010||The members accepted the application for full membership to the Organisation of the State Revenue Committee of the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation with effect from 1 January 2011.|
|2011||The members accepted the application for immediate full membership to the Organisation of the Fiscal Authority of Liechtenstein.|