SGATAR, which started in 1970 with the South East Asia Conference on Economic Development, held its 38th Annual meeting from 4 to 6 November 2007 in Guangzhou, China. SGATAR has a primary function of providing a forum for revenue authorities to improve the administration of revenue collection. Since its inception the ranks of SGATAR have grown to include some 15 members. They are: Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao SAR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. The topics to be discussed in three working groups are:
- Addressing Tax Administration Challenges posed by Globalisation of the Tax Base;
- Improving Tax Compliance through Better Taxpayer Service; and
- Case Selection in Tax Audit.
The working groups compare the approach adopted by each tax authority in the three topic areas and then regional trends are identified.
Michael Dirkis FTIA, through the Taxation Institute’s affiliation with the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants Association (AOTCA), was the only Australian private sector representative at this important regional revenue authority conference.