The Summit brings together actors from various Tax Administrations, as well as other key stakeholders (private sector, policy experts, think tanks, academia, media and civil society) to deliberate on solutions for various tax challenges affecting Africa tax administrations. It also a public participation platform aimed at enhancing discussions, providing status of interventions in tax and customs administration and facilitating feedback from stakeholders on solutions and ideas that aid and promote tax and customs administration best practice.
The specific objectives of the tax summit include:
- To improve African tax systems by sharing ideas, innovations and strategies successfully implemented in other jurisdictions.
- To enhance the capacity of tax officials on the continent by interactions through networking, knowledge exchange and collaboration.
- To create a platform for tax policymakers and tax administration officials on the continent to collaborate on improving tax policy decisions that will positively enhance Domestic Revenue Mobilisation.
- To establish a continental cooperative framework for addressing tax challenges and pursue more taxing rights for African countries, including taxing of the digital economy and BEPS.
Like last year’s 7th ATS, the upcoming 8th Annual Tax Summit derives its topical discussion areas from thematic areas of the KRA’s 8th Corporate Plan: a) Revenue mobilization; b) Simplification of the tax regime to ease compliance and service delivery; c) Application of cutting-edge technology; d) Performance-oriented and ethical organization culture; e) Strategic partnerships to bolster enforcement; and f) Tax Base expansion.
Through the thrusts, the plan envisions to achieve key outcomes, including: Improved tax compliance; increased customer satisfaction; an efficient and effective tax organization; higher staff productivity; and automated and effective revenue administration respectively.
8th ATS Theme & Focus Areas
This year’s Summit, themed “Now & Beyond: Enhanced Service Delivery to Improve Tax Compliance’’ seeks to drive public and international dialogue around entrenching risk-based tax compliance, enhancing trade facilitation, and positioning KRA as a service-driven agency for the future.
These will be considered in a dynamic revenue administration context, largely informed by effects of deeper integration of the global economy e.g. digitization of global commerce, pressure to strengthen tax compliance through risk-based approaches, and the emergent international trade issues post-COVID19 e.g. value chain disruptions among others.