On November 16, 2017, the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority (AT) launched a nation-wide mega operation with the participation of 470 inspectors of Tax and Customs Inspection, which focused on the control of about 1,900 motor vehicles’ traders, car dealers.
Recent and Future Developments of the Spanish Tax Agency in the Immediate Supply of Information System
Since the entry into force of the VAT Immediate Supply of Information System on 1st July 2017, the Spanish Tax Agency has developed a number of services for the eligible taxpayers and also some risk analysis tools for the control of the system:
1. Assistance services
1.1 FAQS: as a first step a “Frequently asked questions” section was set up which is permanently updated.
The new Contact Center of the Public Revenue Office (PRO) was established together with our partners and with EU support of 1.5 million euros provided by IPA funds, through which we have implemented seven projects. The Contact Center meets all standards for providing fast, easy and quality tax service such as:
- The improvement of the conditions and access to our services, including the most vulnerable categories of our society,
A Preparatory Group for the 25th Forum of PCPs to be held on 20-21 February 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium had meeting in the IOTA Secretariat. The Group, consisting of PCP and shadow PCP from the host country, Belgium and the volunteering PCPs of Slovakia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and United Kingdom, met with IOTA Secretariat on 6-7 December in Budapest. The meeting resulted in agreeing in the format and agenda of the next Forum which will be interactive, will include trainings, breakout sessions, roleplays in order to provide a good basis for a dialogue.
An IOTA Workshop on “Use of Performance Indicators and Measures for Decision-Making Process” was held in Budapest on 29 November – 1 December 2017. The workshop attracted 42 participants from 24 IOTA tax administrations to discuss how they measure their performance and the implication for the decision-making process.
IOTA’s Executive Secretary, Miguel Silva Pinto accompanied by Eugenijus Soldatkovas and Roman Bichevoy, Technical Taxation Experts paid a one-day visit in Brussels on 24 November and had meetings in the European Commission with representatives of DG TAXUD and Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS). The aim of the meetings was to discuss current cooperation with DG TAXUD and ways to expand it in 2018 and explore ways to engage with the SRSS.
On 22-24 November 2017, the 1st Meeting of the IOTA Forum on the Use of Data from Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) took place in Riga, hosted by the State Revenue Service of Latvia. 49 senior tax officials from 26 IOTA member countries, together with representatives from the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, the European Commission (DG TAXUD) and the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks discussed strategies, processes and solutions for the effective use of data from the Automatic Exchange of Information, in particular under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
IOTA provided input to the international professional and academic conference that was organized on the 22 and 23 November 2017 by the National Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA) of Hungary under the subject “Innovation, Digitalisation, Knowledge Management”. The Conference was hosted by the National University of Public Service of Hungary, in the Ludovika Campus in Budapest.
A one-day working visit from members of the IOTA Secretariat to the Slovak Financial Administration took place on the 15th November 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
On 26 October the organization “Tax Foundation” handed over an award to a representative of the Spanish Embassy in Washington DC for being the country which has most improved in Tax Competitiveness in 2017.
Tax Foundation is a prestigious and renowned US think tank that issues the report “International Tax Competitiveness Index” (ITCI) on an annual basis.