Tax Compliance in the Developing Digital Economy | Asian Development Bank

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Tax Compliance in the Developing Digital Economy

Event | 21 - 24 August 2017 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Background

Taxes are the main sources of revenue for governments to fund various public services and projects. The spread of the digital economy, however, creates challenges for international taxation as well as domestic tax revenue mobilization. Tax authorities need to keep pace with the fast changes occurring in the digital economy. Moreover, capacity for good governance remains weak in ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs). Institutions need to be further strengthened to be able to perform required functions and be responsive to change.

This workshop will center around how developing countries can respond to the challenges of ensuring economic activities are fairly taxed in a digital economy. This will help to further strengthen institutions against tax avoidance and evasion and help improve tax policy coordination. This will include changes to domestic tax law and administration, and developing policy positions for influencing international standard setting and carrying out treaty negotiations. The workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by eight countries participating in an ADB technical assistance project plus two other ASEAN countries, as well as examine the developments in the work carried out by the international tax community within the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) program of work, mandated by the G20. Finally, the workshop will also tackle the current international discussion and rules on the allocation of fair and appropriate taxing rights.

Objectives

  • Explore responses to and share knowledge on responding to the challenges of promoting fair taxation and tax compliance in an increasingly digitized economy;
  • Examine the developments in the work carried out by the international tax community within the BEPS program of work, which has been mandated by the G20;
  • Foster regional coordination of national tax policies and administration; and
  • Produce good case studies and presentation materials

Participants

Officials of the ministries of finance or other bodies that define the tax and revenue collection policies of government.

Participant responsibilities

Active participation in all sessions.

Output

  • Shared knowledge and experience on responding to the challenges posed by the digital economy;
  • Foster regional coordination of national tax policies and administration;
  • Provide good case studies based on effective policies and programs in Asia;
  • Technical information on tax administration; and
  • Development of presentation materials for upload to the ADBI website

How to register

By invitation only.

Language

English

Partners

Asian Development Bank (ADB), National Tax Agency, Japan (NTA), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Time of event

09:00 - 17:00