Sri Lanka could cooperate more with South Asia on tax: experts

Nov 13, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lankan tax authorities should cooperate more with South Asian counterparts to be more vigilant of tax evasion by cross-border enterprises, international experts said in Colombo. “African national tax administrators have been cooperating on technical professional issues over quite a few years,” Allen Kagina, commissioner general of the Uganda Revenue Authority said.

“And it has proved extremely valuable in increasing compliance by enterprises operating across one or more countries in the region.”

She was speaking at a seminar titled Pulling Ourselves Up: Taxation, State-Building, and Away from Aid organized by the Institute of Policy Studies together with the International Centre for Tax and Development ICTD in UK.

Cross Border

In 2008, tax authorities of 28 African countries came together to form the African Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF), to promote and cooperation among African tax offices and other stakeholders to improve effectiveness of taxation and tax law.

Though relatively new, in May this year, the ATAF coordinated an investigation of the multinational brewery giant SAB Miller by tax authorities in five African countries.