Summary Report – 13th Annual Eurasia Tax Forum

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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

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Azeri Minister of Taxes Outlines New Challenges

AzerbaijanIn a recent article for the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA), Azeri Minister of Taxes Fazil Mammadov analyzed the new challenges faced by Azerbaijan’s Tax Service due to sluggish global growth and its negative impact on resource economies. He depicted Azerbaijan’s response in terms of developing a sustainable national economy.

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2017 Index of Economic Freedom

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Source: 2017 Index of Economic Freedom, Interactive Heat Map (The Heritage Foundation) 

On 15 February, the Heritage Foundation published its annual report entitled, 2017 Index of Economic Freedom, comparing the performance of 186 economies. One key factor influencing the conclusions and rankings is the Tax Burden parameter of the Government Size performance measurement criterion. Continue reading “2017 Index of Economic Freedom”

Uzbekistan Reform Agenda

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Investors are showing a renewed interest in the post-Karimov reform agenda in Uzbekistan, the guidelines for which have been detailed by President Mirziyoyev in several recent decrees and the implementing instructions of 14 February 2017. His decree of 7 February “on the Action Strategy for the Further Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan 2017-2021” and the related documents may be accessed here. Continue reading “Uzbekistan Reform Agenda”

ITIC Participates as Observer in IOTA General Assembly

ITIC Senior Advisor Douglas Townsend participated as an Observer in the 20th General Assembly of the Intra-European Organization of Tax Administrations (IOTA) held on 7-8 July 2016 in Bucharest, under the Presidency of the Romanian National Agency for Fiscal Administration. Heads of tax administrations from 46 countries and representatives of 11 international organizations attended, along with representatives from the IMF and OECD, among others.

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Kazakhstan: Tax Update

Tax and Customs Code Unification

During a press briefing last week with visiting IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov stated that the Kazakh Government does not intend to speed up the work on unifying the Tax and Customs Codes, noting that, “We have developed a new Tax Code, which is likely to be aligned with the Customs Code. Initially we planned to have come up with concrete decisions this year, but now we have decided that we need about one year to make a final decision.”
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