The Spanish Tax Agency in partnership with the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority hosted the First Meeting of Ibero-American LTUs in Madrid on 3-6 October.
A meeting between the President of IOTA, Mr Frantisek Imrecze and Miguel Silva Pinto, IOTA’s Executive Secretary, took place in Bratislava Slovakia on the 18th October 2017. The Executive Secretary updated Mr Imrecze on the preparations of the upcoming IOTA’s 2nd Annual International Conference, due to take place on the 8 – 9 November in Budapest, where the President of IOTA will deliver a keynote speech. The preparation of the 22nd IOTA’s General Assembly, planned for late June 2018, was also addressed and future steps to be taken were agreed. In this respect, a meeting between the IOTA Secretariat and the Slovak Financial Directorate is scheduled for November 2017.
The 11th meeting of the IOTA Debt Management Area Group hosted by the Ministry of Finance of Poland took place in Cracow on 4-6 October 2017. 32 participants from member countries shared knowledge and experience about practical aspects of coordination and cooperation in cross-border insolvency proceedings. A new IOTA project aiming to create a Knowledge Database of international (cross-border) insolvency proceedings was discussed, including project members and timetable. Conclusions and dissemination of key performance indicators of ongoing IOTA project on Measuring Debt Management Performance, sponsored by Federal Finance Service of Belgium were also on the agenda of the meeting.
The first meeting of the IOTA Forum on Implementation of Measures to counter Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) was held on 11 - 13 October 2017 in Bern, Switzerland. The main purpose of the Forum is to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences between IOTA member tax administrations in the implementation of the BEPS Action Plan. 52 participants from 28 IOTA member countries gathered in the Forum to discuss and share strategies and the practical application of working methods and tools developed to effectively counter BEPS.
The Spanish Ministry for Finance and Public Function hosted the II Conference on Interoperability and E-Archive in Madrid on 26 September
The Ministry for Finance and Public Function, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sports, the National Institute for Public Administration, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission and the United Nations organized an international conference on Interoperability and e-archive in Madrid on 26 September. The objective of the conference was to share experiences in the implementation of interoperability and, more specifically, on the preservation of digital assets.
Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority has been awarded with the prize “Best eGov Iniciative 2017” with the project "Automatic Income Tax Return"
Automatic Income Tax Return project of the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority (AT) was awarded by the Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society (APDSI). The event was held on October 4 at Torre do Tombo Auditorium in Lisbon, under the coordination of the Permanent Groups "Democracy, Administration and Public Policies" and "Dematerialization and Process Management" of the Association.
The presence on the ground has a significant impact on taxpayers, increasing the perception of risks associated with non-compliance. In the pursuit of its strategic objective of Combating Shadow Economy and Tax Fraud and Evasion, the Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority has been launching a set of actions aiming to evaluate the fulfilment of the billing obligations and encouraging voluntary compliance.
The AEOI Group of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes held its 13th meeting in Madrid
The Ministry of Finance of Spain hosted the 13th meeting of the Automatic Exchange of Information Group of the Global Forum which was held in Madrid from 27 to 29 September.
IOTA’s Executive Secretary attended the international conference ‘Tax and Trust’ organised by the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration
The importance and impact of trust in the relationship established between taxpayers and tax administrations was the subject of an international conference organized by The Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA). Miguel Silva Pinto, IOTA’s Executive Secretary attended the conference, which took place on the 2nd and 3rd October 2017 in Rotterdam.
The 11th Plenary Meeting of the OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) took place in Oslo, Norway, on the 27-29 September 2017. Over 130 delegates attended the meeting, including the heads of 50 tax administrations, international organisations and business representatives. IOTA was represented by the Executive Secretary (ES), Miguel Silva Pinto.