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Wang Jun Attends the 11th Meeting of FTA and Stresses
Adopting a Linked and Integrated Approach to Tax Administration Modernization

Issuance Date: September 30, 2017     Source: General Office of the State Administration of Taxation

Wang Jun spoke at the 11th Plenary Meeting of the FTA

Wang Jun met with Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

From September 27 through 29, Wang Jun, administrator of the State Administration of Taxation (SAT), led a delegation of Chinese tax officials to the 11th meeting of the Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) in Norway and delivered a speech of "Adopting a Linked and Integrated Approach to Tax Administration Modernization" at the plenary meeting. In his speech, he introduced the approaches and impact of China's pressing ahead with the tax administration system reform in recent years, and told stories on tax administration with Chinese characteristics, which were widely acclaimed by the delegates to the meeting.

As the world's largest developing country, China has the largest number of taxpayers, and has to adopt a linked and integrated approach to tax administration modernization, according to Wang Jun. In recent years, China's tax authorities have treated tax administration as an organic whole, with a focus on integrating the elements of tax administration while linking tax administration with tax system, and on integrating tax administration into state governance while participating in the global tax reform to propel global economic governance and maximize the aggregation effect. In particular, they pay close attention to refining management and services, upgrading systems and software, and optimizing the way of administration and resource allocation. In the deepening of state and local tax administration system reforms, they ensure the smooth implementation of a series of tax system reforms such as the VAT pilot program, promote the enhancement of tax administration capability and the level of service, and effectively give taxpayers a stronger sense of gain, whereby they have accumulated experience in ensuring tax's roles in serving state governance and global economic governance.

Economic globalization is irreversible and cooperation is a constant theme of international taxation, said Wang Jun. With the support from G20 leaders, international tax reform has been successfully implemented and global cooperation in tax matters has been deepened in recent years. In its efforts to identify a linked and integrated approach to tax administration modernization, China has obtained support from many countries and international organizations and would like to do its utmost to help developing countries to strengthen their capabilities of tax administration. FTA members shall act together to intensify cooperation and experience sharing regarding international cooperation in tax matters, and enhance the level of tax administration modernization, in a bid to make greater contribution to the economic development of the rest of the world and the deepening of global economic governance.

During his trip to Norway, Wang Jun visited the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Finance and met with Siv Jensen, Minister of Finance. The two sides exchanged ideas on various issues such as China-Norway tax treaty, deepening cooperation in tax matters, promoting bilateral investment and serving the Belt and Road Initiative. Wang Jun also met with Edward Troup, chairman of the FTA and executive chair of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service of the US, Bob Hamilton, commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency, Tan Tee How, commissioner of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Jaap Uijlenbroek, director general of the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration, and Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. They exchanged ideas on consolidating and expanding the achievements of international tax reform, strengthening the building of tax administration capability, response to the challenge of the digital economy, and global competition in tax matters.

The FTA was created in 2002 as a high-level tax forum for tax administrations from 50 OECD and non-OECD economies, including members of the G20. This meeting brought together heads of tax administrations of 46 major economies such as the US, the UK, France, China and Russia, as well as more than 130 delegates from 7 global and regional organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and the World Customs Organization. Attendees had in-depth communication and discussions on issues such as enhancing tax certainties, cracking down on tax evasion and avoidance, improving tax compliance, and future tax administration. The Communiqué of the 11th Meeting of the OECD Forum on Tax Administration was released after the meeting.

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