BRA Hosts Successful Tax Conference for Commonwealth in Barbados

The 37th Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) Annual Technical Conference held in Barbados came to a successful close last Friday. CATA President, Dr. Mohammed Shukor Mahfar commended the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) for stepping in to organise this year’s event at late notice after the Maldives could no longer host the conference.

“I would like to put on record, my utmost gratitude to the organisers who have been working hard to ensure the smooth running of the conference,” he said.

“As the saying goes, ‘size does not matter’. I would like to congratulate the host, Barbados Revenue Authority for organising such a successful event. It proves that the BRA with a total strength of over 300 staff and 50 conference personnel, were able to host a conference with 150 delegates brilliantly,” he stated during Friday’s closing ceremony, in thanking the Revenue Commissioner, Margaret Sivers, the staff of the BRA and the Government of Barbados for their support and contribution in facilitating the conference.

During her remarks, Sivers revealed her firm belief that the Authority will be stronger and better equipped through the implementation of some of the strategies discussed during the plenary sessions, adding that it was interesting to note that tax administrators around the world face very similar challenges.

During her remarks, Sivers revealed her firm belief that the Authority will be stronger and better equipped through the implementation of some of the strategies discussed during the plenary sessions, adding that it was interesting to note that tax administrators around the world face very similar challenges.

“We have heard new approaches to compliance and the importance of knowing our taxpayers and looking inward at ourselves to make us more efficient at what we do. We must look into our organisations to assess our performances, identify risks and new methods of administering taxes.”

The best way to advance ourselves is to build alliances not only between tax administrations but also with associations and other business entities which will allow us to provide a better service to our stakeholders,” she highlighted.

The Revenue Commissioner added that delegates also had the opportunity to discuss optimum strategies for how Exchange of Information, through the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and Common Reporting Standard, can be used as a tool to enhance tax administration and efficiencies within the BRA.

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