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39th Technical Conference and 14th General Meeting, 12 to 16 November

The 39th CATA Technical Conference and 14th General Meeting, which are being held in Nadi, Fiji, will be taking place in just under two months and preparations for them are well underway. The theme of the Conference is 'Building sustainability and resilience in tax administration'.

Delegates that wish to attend this year will need to register online. The deadline for registration is 12th October. It is also recommended that attendees secure their accommodation in Fiji as soon as possible.

Detailed instructions on how to register can be found in the Members Area of this website (Members Area/Downloads). These include the password which is required for the registration site,

An Information Note containing additional information about the conference can also be found in the Members Area of this website, or requested from the CATA Secretariat.


Senior Leadership Programme 2018 concludes

The 2018 SLP delegates with HMRC staff photographed at Lawress Hall, LincolnPhoto credit: Kamara Photography

Twenty-three delegates from eleven countries have successfully completed the Senior Leadership Programme (SLP). Part 2 of SLP took place at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) training centres in London and Lincoln over a three-week period. This second phase residential component followed on from Part 1 of SLP, which was hosted in Kampala, Uganda from 21st May to 1st June.

Part 2 of SLP built on material delegates had been taught during the first phase of the programme and included presentations and workshops by HMRC trainers and experts. 

The training programme culminated on the 17th August with the participants presenting group reports to an audience that included experts from HMRC and CATA’s Executive Director, Duncan Onduru. The day ended with a cocktail reception held at Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where the delegates were also awarded with certificates of participation.

The group reports may be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.

 View more photos from the programme here



Senior tax officials attend workshop on investigation and intelligence gathering techniques


Following the success of last year’s event, the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), in Nagpur, India kindly hosted a second workshop on the topic of investigation and intelligence gathering techniques. This event was attended by twenty-six participants from eleven Commonwealth countries and took place from 20th to 24th August, 2018.

The purpose of this interactive course was to equip the participants with up-to-date methods of investigation and intelligence gathering in order to deal with tax avoidance and tax evasion. Some of the topics covered at the workshop included the impact of virtual/crypto currencies on tax investigation, investigation techniques in the banking sector, and investigation techniques used in capital markets. The workshop also provided the participants the opportunity to share experiences of the challenges faced by their respective tax administrations and discuss ways in which these challenges can be tackled.


Norwegian Tax Administration visit CATA Secretariat 

A delegation from the Norwegian Tax Administration (NTA) recently paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director at Marlborough House, London. The team, which also included a representative from the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), discussed a wide range of issues around tax for development, focusing on the Addis Ababa Tax Initiative and the UN Financing for Development with its emphasis on domestic revenue mobilization.

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Australia issues draft guidelines on the application of Hybrid Mismatch rules

The Australian Taxation Office has issued draft guidelines for comments by the public on the application of Action 2 of the OECD BEPS Action Plan - Hybrid Mismatches - which has been identified as one of the key contributors to tax base erosion.

Read the ATO’s Practical Compliance Guideline


OECD publishes further guidelines on the implementation of BEPS Actions 8 and 10

To guide further implementation of the BEPS agenda, the OECD has now published a report on ‘Hard to value intangibles (HTVI) - Action 8’ and a revised guidance on the application of the ‘Transactional Profit Split Method - Action 10' for the determination of transfer prices.

Both reports can be accessed by the links below:

Guidance on BEPS Action 8

Revised Guidance on BEPS Action 10