International Engagement and Partnership

Through regular dialogues, we continue to be a collaborative partner to our international counterparts and stay at the forefront of global tax developments.

In FY2016/17, we participated in these international fora, conferences and study groups:

  • Meeting of the Steering Group to the Inclusive Framework on BEPS
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) and Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP)
  • 7th and 8th IMF – Japan High-level Tax Conference for Asian Countries
  • OECD Committee of Fiscal Affairs (CFA) Meeting and Meetings of Working Parties on Exchange of Information (EOI) and Tax Compliance, Model Tax Convention, Transfer Pricing
  • Global Forum on Transparency and EOI for Tax Purposes
  • Global Forum – Meetings of the Peer Review Group, Steering Group and Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) Group
  • 5th Global Forum Competent Authorities Conference
  • 11th Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium
  • Asian Tax Authorities Symposium
  • 46th SGATAR Annual Meeting
  • Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR) Consumption Tax Conference
  • Forum of Heads of Tax Crime Investigation (FHTCI)

Study visit to the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA)
Study visit to the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA)

Exchanges with foreign counterparts pave the way for broader international relations. In FY 2016/17, we visited the Australian Taxation Office, the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT), the Finnish Tax Administration, the Estonia Tax and Customs Board and the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department for discussions ranging from digital transformation in tax administration to data analytics and design. IRAS also hosted more than 140 foreign delegates from jurisdictions such as Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda and Thailand. During these exchanges, we shared our experiences in tax administration, work processes and technological advances.

Exchange of Information on Request (EOIR) Training Seminar

In April 2016, IRAS and the Tax Academy of Singapore hosted the first Exchange of Information on Request (EOIR) Training Seminar in Asia. The seminar saw participation of 44 representatives from the Asia Pacific region such as Australia, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as government agencies such as MAS, MOF, ACRA and IRAS. The seminar was conducted jointly by the Global Forum Secretariat and IRAS, and provided both the assessed jurisdictions and aspiring assessors a better understanding of the peer review process based on the revised 2016 Terms of Reference and the 2016 Methodology for the next round of EOIR peer reviews.