During the opening session of Kazakhstan’s Parliament on 4 September 2017, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev devoted a large part of his presentation to the challenges facing Kazakhstan’s economy, achieving investment-led growth, and the role of fiscal policy in consolidating recent improvements in GDP growth. He also referenced the new draft Tax Code, which seeks to eliminate ineffective incentives and preferences while diminishing the shadow economy and simplifying tax administration. Continue reading “Kazakhstan Tax and Investment: Fall 2017”
The 71st Annual Congress of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) was held on 27 August – 1 September 2017, with 2,000 delegates from around the world gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss two main themes: the practical consequences of BEPS and the future of transfer pricing.
On 25 August, during the Eurasian Week Forum held at EXPO-2017 in Astana, ITIC and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes a framework for cooperation for research, professional dialogue, and educational exchange. Continue reading “ITIC Signs MoU with the Eurasian Economic Commission”
Last week, I was honored to participate in the Eurasian Week Forum, an annual event aimed at the development of the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEU) economy, investment and export potential, during my visit to Astana, Kazakhstan for EXPO-2017. The Forum served as an effective platform for developing business-to-business contacts, discussing tools and conditions for business development in the EAEU, and elaborating the strategy of EAEU economic development in the context of global challenges.
Representatives from ministries of finance, tax administrations, academic institutions, and the private sector gathered in Paris on 26-28 June 2017 for ITIC’s 13th annual Eurasia Tax Forum. The themes for this year’s Forum were recommended by regional officials and investors, and they included the following:
- Tax Reform: Principles in Practice
- Continuity and Change in International Tax
- Taxation of the Digital Economy
- The State of Play in Energy Investment
- Natural Resources Taxation in Eurasia
- Tax Issues in the Services Sector
ITIC was pleased to join 150 high-level representatives (from IOTA member states, international organizations, businesses, and academic) at the 21st annual General Assembly of the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations in Kiev, Ukraine on 28-30 June 2017.
New procedures for the handling of audit and disputes arising came into effect 1 July 2017. Certain categories of taxpayer can now obtain a “preliminary” tax audit ahead of the finalized audit act and have the right to object in writing to the findings of such “preliminary” audit. Continue reading “Kazakhstan’s Tax’s System: Reform of Dispute Procedures”
The Finance and Budget Committee of the Majilis (Kazakh Parliament) convened a roundtable discussion last week to examine the latest Draft Package of the New Tax Code. The roundtable was moderated by Gulzhana Karagusova, Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee. Continue reading “ITIC Participates in Kazakh Parliamentary Tax Roundtable”
On 17 March 2017, the Mozambique Revenue Authority (MRA) introduced a requirement for excise stamps on alcohol beverages and tobacco products pursuant to laws and regulations adopted to establish procedures for sealing alcohol beverages and tobacco manufactured products subject to excise duties. Continue reading “Mozambique Revenue Authority Launches Excise Stamps”
On 10 May, the IMF released its Sub-Saharan Africa economic outlook, Restarting the Growth Engine. The report is available (in English and French) on the IMF’s website.
The report features a comprehensive examination of the informal sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the IMF estimating that the informal sector contributes 25%-65% of GDP and 30%-90% of nonagricultural employment. From a domestic revenue mobilization perspective, this significant portion of Sub-Saharan African economies represents potential budget revenues. Institutional challenges remain, however, when it comes to encouraging the conversion of the informal sector into the formal sector. A large tax burden and overly cumbersome compliance requirements are likely to have the paradoxical effect of encouraging economic activity to remain in the informal sector. The transformation of digital technologies and services in many Sub-Saharan Africa economies presents opportunities for converting the informal sector, while not creating onerous tax or administrative compliance burdens.
These topics will be further explored as technical sessions in ITIC’s Africa Tax Dialogue later this year, including examination of successful country case studies.
Dan Witt is President of the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC).