15 June Weekly Round-Up

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The 15 June edition of the ITICnet.org Weekly Round-Up featured the following stories:

  • Digital Economy Taxation Discussed at OECD International Conference
  • PwC Explores the Impact of Digital Economy on Jobs and Investments
  • IMF Releases New Working Paper on Taxing Extractive Resources
  • Qatar to Join International ATF Guarantee Chain
  • Countries Unable to Agree on Global Transfer Pricing Standards
  • IMF Article IV Consultations: Angola, Bangladesh, South Africa
  • Liberia Becomes 11nd Jurisdiction to Join the Multilateral Convention

Kazakhstan: “De-criminalization” of Some Fiscal Offences

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We were very encouraged to see positive movement this week on an issue that has been on ITIC’s agenda in Kazakhstan for some time. A sustained focus by ITIC and other organizations has made high-level action more likely.

Following the Foreign Investors’ Council meeting on 5 June in Astana, Agris Preimani (EBRD Country Director for Kazakhstan) commented on “the possibility of amending the criminal procedural legislation – in terms of exempting the officials (and) organizations which voluntarily paid their taxes, fines, and penalties charged, from criminal liability for tax evasion regardless of whether the violation was committed for the first time or not.” He also stated that “We (the Council) also recommend an alternative definition of ‘large-scale’ and ‘particularly large-scale damage' for the application of Article 24.5 of the Criminal Code and improvement of the processes of administering and investigating tax criminal offences.”


Moukhit Akhanov is President, ITIC Kazakhstan and Douglas Townsend is a Senior Advisor for ITIC.

8 June Weekly Round-Up

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The 8 June edition of the ITICnet.org Weekly Round-Up featured the following stories: 

  • UNCTAD Releases World Investment Report 2018
  • ITIC Hosts Eurasian Officials
  • ITIC Attends 20th Anniversary Astana Conference
  • Global Illicit Trade Environment Index Launched
  • IMF Concludes Article IV Consultation with Thailand
  • WCO and EAC Launch New Capacity Development Project
  • Germany and France Cooperate on CCTB
  • Brazil and Singapore Sign Double Taxation Treaty

1 June Weekly Round-Up

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Check out the 1 June edition of the ITICnet.org Weekly Round-Up for more information on the  following stories:

  • ITIC Holds Official Meetings in Uzbekistan
  • Paraguay Joins OECD Multilateral Convention
  • IMF Article IV Consultations: Brazil, China, Qatar, Bahrain
  • OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines
  • Core Principles for Islamic Finance Regulation Endorsed by IMF
  • WCO Participates in Astana Economic Forum
  • EU Council Adopts Directive on Mandatory Automatic Exchange of Tax Information
  • WCO and EAC Collaborate on AEO Expertise

25 May Weekly Round-Up

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For more information on the following stories, check out the 25 May edition of the ITICnet.org Weekly Round-Up:

  • UN Releases Extractive Industries Handbook
  • OECD Releases Peer Reviews of the Country-by-Country Reporting Initiative
  • IMF Completes Three Article IV Consultations (Russian Federation, Lithuania, and Saudi Arabia)
  • UN Releases 2017 Model Convention Update
  • GST in India - An Update
  • South Africa Releases Draft MAP Guide for Comments
  • UN Digital Economy Update