Here comes the international tax man

Doctors Without Borders is a well-known organization whose members treat illness where
they find it. There even is an organization called Reporters Without Borders that works worldwide for a free press.

Now comes Tax Inspectors Without Borders, an initiative by the U.N.  Development Programme and the organization Costa Rica seeks to join, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The idea was announced Monday even though the program has been tested in Colombia and several African countries.

“The new partnership between the OECD and UNDP on Tax Inspectors Without Borders will significantly extend the global reach of existing efforts to build audit capacity while sending a strong message of international support to developing countries,” said  Angel Gurría, secretary general of the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Tax audit experts will work alongside local officials of developing country tax administrations to help strengthen tax audit capacities, including issues concerning international tax matters, an announcement said.

The organization is known for its promotion of a European type tax system and its blacklist of tax havens. Costa Rica is working hard to meet the requirements of membership. taxman071415

However, tax officials here have received extensive help from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The traveling tax inspector plan increased tax revenue in Colombia, from $3.3 million in 2011 to $33.2 million in 2014 thanks to tax audit advice and guidance, the announcement said.

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