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OECD recommendations for tax administrations

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The OECD Forum on Tax Administration, in collaboration with several other organisations, has published a report Tax Administration Responses to COVID-19: Recovery Period Planning, outlining how tax administrations can prepare for a potentially prolonged, uncertain and complex recovery from coronavirus. The report highlights significant benefits from early business restoration planning to identify the main challenges and opportunities for both tax administrations and taxpayers, and to take early preparatory actions.

The report discusses in detail many of the current issues faced by businesses and administrations alike, as organisations begin to consider re-opening their offices for staff. In particular, the report looks at business continuity alongside staff welfare, recommending that tax administrations seek to maintain any goodwill and trust built up with taxpayers during the crisis by careful management of any ‘shift in balance towards the collection of revenue’.

A second report Tax administration: privacy, disclosure and fraud risks related to Covid-19, highlights the increased security risks and greater opportunities for errors, misconduct and fraud in the post-corona environment, including as a result of increasing remote working. The report provides examples of high-level risks and identifies mitigation actions that tax administrations may wish to take.

Issue: 1490
Categories: News