The 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights convenes in The Netherlands, May 3-4, 2018

January 16, 2018

International Conference on Taxpayer Rights
The third International Conference on Taxpayer Rights will be held in The Netherlands, on May 3-4, 2018. The conference will be hosted by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) and sponsored by Tax Analysts.

The conference is convened by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS that protects taxpayer rights and helps taxpayers resolve problems that cannot be resolved through regular IRS channels. It brings together government officials, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to explore how global taxpayer rights serve as the foundation for effective tax administration.

For two days, speakers, panelists and attendees will discuss tax policies and trends, including privacy and transparency in tax administration, taxpayer rights in multi-jurisdictional disputes, the taxpayer right to quality service, the impact of penalties on taxpayer trust, and transforming the cultures of tax agencies and taxpayers.

Conference sessions will include:

  • Perspectives on Taxpayer Rights: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Good Governance and Legal Remedies
  • Preventing Disputes 1: Developing early Warning and Intervention Systems
  • Current Developments in Taxpayer Rights
  • Preventing Disputes 2: Taxpayer Rights in the Administrative Phase
  • Taxpayer Protections in Cross-Border Taxation
  • IBFD Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayer Rights (OPTR)
  • Burden of Proof in Tax Disputes
  • The Right to Appeal to an Independent Forum: Taxpayer Access to Appeals and Mediation
  • Good Governance and Remedies: Taxpayer Rights in Application

These and many other invaluable key points on taxpayer rights will be highlighted during the May 3-4, 2018 conference sessions.

“The International Conferences on Taxpayer Rights broadened the focus on taxpayer rights beyond the United States. Tax administrators, academics, and tax professionals from all over the world were afforded the opportunity to discuss the reasons for and challenges in adopting and implementing a Taxpayer Bill of Rights or taxpayer charter. Equally important, the Conference engendered serious scholarship about the role of tax administration in promoting fairness and effectiveness in tax administration.’” said Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “One thing we learned very clearly is that effective tax systems place a high priority on taxpayer rights and earning the trust of their taxpayers. I'm delighted there has been strong interest in institutionalizing international conferences on taxpayer rights to share ideas and build on our success.”

More than 160 individuals from over 40 countries were represented at the conference last year. The conference kicked-off with panel discussions on frameworks for taxpayer rights, including a review of the sources of taxpayer rights and the legal implications associated with international taxation. The collective group of tax officials and representatives also gathered for a fireside chat, providing a forum for sharing ideas from across the globe, and exploring the right to quality service in an era of reduced agency budgets. The two-day conference concluded with robust dialogue, encouraging a better understanding of how taxpayer rights provide a framework for effective tax administration and how to advance these rights within a tax system.
“We had the opportunity to listen to visitors from all over the world. Excellent panelist with a variety of tax topics and perspectives gave an overall view of very relevant matters to taxes in these times,” noted a prior year conference attendee. “Both the panels and attendees provided an interesting perspective of tax issues around the globe.”

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Don’t miss your chance to join the discussions during this global tax conference May 3- 4, 2018. Register today. Registration for the conference is now open through April18, 2018. Visit to reserve your spot and learn more about the third International Conference on Taxpayer Rights.

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