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.
Mr Roman Bichevoy started working in the Secretariat last week to reinforce IOTA’s cooperation with international organizations and donors through joint projects and initiatives.
The report “Open Data Maturity in Europe 2016, Insights into the European state of play” published in the European Data Portal places Spain for a second year in a row as the main trend setter, being in the first position in the overall ranking as well as in the open data readiness ranking.
A position of IOTA Taxation Expert seconded by IOTA member tax administration has been opened in the Secretariat.
We are looking for an outstanding individual to support the IOTA Secretariat in the process of providing assistance on a range of tax administration issues, and ensuring the effective delivery of the work programme of the Organisation.
Read further information about the job announcement here.
On 23-26 October 2017, CIAT hosted the annual meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the International Survey on Revenue Administration (ISORA) in Panama City. The TWG meeting was attended by representatives of the four partnering organisations CIAT, IMF, IOTA, and OECD. IOTA was represented by Wolfgang Büttner, Technical Taxation Expert.