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  • 24-October-2014

    English

    Working Smarter in Tax Debt Management

    Many revenue bodies have been developing strategies and approaches to improve the tax collection and recovery processes, so that they are more effective and cost less. Very promising and proven new practices have emerged, which can deliver spectacular improvements in performance in tax collection and recovery. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the best practices in tax debt management, with a particular emphasis on how to better differentiate debtors when deciding how to best secure payment and what can be done to ensure that payment issues are considered earlier in the compliance and collection process.
  • 24-October-2014

    English

    Measures of Tax Compliance Outcomes - A Practical Guide

    This study provides practical guidance to revenue bodies wishing to enhance and enrich their existing measures with timely measures of compliance outcomes. The study shares experiences of what has worked for revenue bodies, what challenges have been faced and how they might be overcome.
  • 1-December-2013

    English, PDF, 307kb

    Voluntary Disclosure Programme: Decision Tree

    The Decision Tree provides an overview of the factors that tax administrations need to think about when designing and administering a voluntary disclosure programme (VDP). It is designed to assist the decision making process.

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  • 1-August-2013

    English

    Together for Better Outcomes - Engaging and Involving SME Taxpayers and Stakeholders

    Revenue bodies are increasingly focusing on improving their understanding of taxpayers and taking advantage of opportunities for collaboration where win-win situations exists. This is not least true for the large and heterogeneous SME segment, which in many countries has proven difficult and costly to administer with traditional approaches.This Forum on Tax Administration study provides inspiration and guidance to revenue bodies wishing to explore the potential for improving outcomes, reducing costs, improving services and generating other benefits by engaging and involving SME taxpayers and stakeholders. The study provides a conceptual framework illustrating the benefits and situating the approach in the context of public sector reform, technological developments and trends in compliance risk management. It further provides a comprehensive review of current and emerging practices across the areas of information and guidance, compliance risk management, and systemic solutions. Finally the study provides guidance to support successful implementation.The study finds that while revenue bodies have substantial experience to build on, there is also potential for more systematic, far-reaching and potentially transformative approaches. A key barrier in this regard is that performance metrics relying extensively on output measures channel resources and attention away from innovative approaches that work back from the desired ultimate outcomes.
  • 29-July-2013

    English

    Co-operative Compliance: A Framework - From Enhanced Relationship to Co-operative Compliance

    This report examines the relationship between large business taxpayers and revenue bodies, five years on from the publication of the FTA’s Study into the Role of Tax Intermediaries. The study recommended that revenue bodies develop a relationship based on trust and co-operation. The report is based on a detailed examination of the practical experiences of countries that have established this type of relationship.The report finds that the pillars of an improved relationship highlighted in the Study remain valid. However, it identifies some additional features that are equally important: the part played by the tax control framework used by a large business in providing an objective basis for trust is emphasised. It also suggests that 'co-operative compliance' is a better description of the recommended approach than the original 'enhanced relationship' label. The report addresses some questions that have been raised about the compatibility of the new approach with certain legal principles and discusses the internal governance of these programmes within revenue bodies. The importance of making a sound business case for the approach and how to measure the results of co-operative compliance programmes is addressed. The report concludes with some thoughts about the future direction of the co-operative compliance concept.
  • 19-January-2012

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    Working Smarter: Executive Overview

    Revenue bodies in many countries have been set challenging cost reduction targets while they are also required to maintain or even improve their standards of service delivery and the effectiveness of their compliance activities. Against this background, the Forum has undertaken a project under the title of ‘Working Smarter’ to examine measures taken by revenue bodies to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

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  • 19-January-2012

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    Reducing Opportunities for Tax Non-compliance in the Underground Economy

    Building on the Forum’s previous work on compliance risk management, this information note explores the approaches and experiences of member revenue bodies in addressing tax risks associated with the underground economy, including the use of electronic payment systems to both conceal and reveal unreported income.

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  • 19-January-2012

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    Working smarter in structuring the administration, in compliance, and through legislation

    This information note presents the findings of a survey conducted among revenue bodies in the FTA on cost-reduction targets; strategies and frameworks for managing cost-reduction; and specific measures to achieve savings or effectiveness gains without leading to increased costs or burdens for taxpayers. The note further includes a chapter on the challenges related to the planning and execution of large-scale cost-reduction programmes.

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  • 19-January-2012

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    Right from the Start: Influencing the Compliance Environment for Small and Medium Enterprises

    This information note introduces the concept of ‘Right from the Start’ and shares examples of measures aimed at influencing taxpayer behaviour through early interventions or lasting alterations to the compliance environment. It sets out theoretical concepts, provides practical guidance on how these may be applied, and discusses how this can lead to savings and improved compliance outcomes while also benefitting taxpayers.

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  • 18-January-2012

    English

    Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing

    This report addresses the practical administration of transfer pricing programmes by tax administrations. Technical analysis of how transfer prices should be computed in accordance with the arm’s length principle is outside the scope of this report. Instead the report focuses on the practical experiences of a number of FTA member countries and some non-member countries. The report discusses ways in which the management of transfer pricing programmes can be optimised, so that transfer pricing audits and enquiries are conducted efficiently and in a timely manner, for the benefit of MNEs and tax administrations alike. It is concerned with the practical steps tax administrations need to take to correctly identify transfer pricing cases that merit audit or enquiry and then to progress those cases to as early a conclusion as possible. 
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