Virtual informal meetings
23rd Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
Virtual informal meetings: 19 – 22 October and 25 – 28 October 2021
The 23rd Session was held virtually, with the meeting component from 19 – 22 October and 25 – 28 October 2021, 8:00 -11:00 am New York Time. The session was the first of the new Membership of the Committee, for the 2021-2025 period. The Committee elected its leadership team, decided on its work plan for the next four years, established any related Subcommittees, and drafted Subcommittee mandates.
The UN Tax Committee comprises 25 members, nominated by Governments and acting in their expert capacity, drawn from the fields of tax policy and tax administration and reflecting the diversity of the UN membership, in terms of geographical regions and tax systems. Its work benefits from multi-stakeholder engagement in its Subcommittees.
Committee meetings were opened to participation by observers from Member States and other stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, academia, civil society, and private sector. See also below public comments received as part of preparations for the 23rd Session.
Tuesday, 19 October
Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals
Taxation and coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Wednesday, 20 October
United Nations Model Double Taxation Convention
Digitalization and other opportunities to improve tax administration
Thursday, 21 October
Digitalization and other opportunities to improve tax administration (Cont’)
Manual for the Negotiation of Bilateral Tax Treaties
Friday, 22 October
The digitalized and globalized economy
Monday, 25 October
Environmental and environmentally related
Tax, trade and investment agreements
Tuesday, 26 October
Tax transparency (Cont’)
Wealth and solidarity taxes
Wednesday, 27 October
Indirect tax issues, including health taxes
Dispute avoidance and resolution
Thursday, 28 October
Provisional Agenda for 24th Session
The draft agenda was drawn up during the 22nd session by the Committee’s previous membership, with inputs from the member states and other observers participating. The new Committee membership for the 2021-2025 term will deliberate and decide on its work plan at the 23rd Session.
Further public comment was welcomed, in order to help the Tax Committee, ensure that its work remains practical and relevant in particular to developing countries and addresses the most pressing challenges they face in tax policy and administration. Written comments were invited on the draft agenda focus on the following: (1) Areas that should be given priority from the identified issues, including the reason for prioritizing the identified issue(s) and the hoped-for outcome from the proposed Committee work; (2) Any other issue(s) that should be included in the Committee’s work plan, considering its mandate, composition and expected outcome from the proposed Committee work; and (3) Any additional value that the Committee can bring to assisting developing countries in their tax policy and administration in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic response, recovery and resilience building and efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Public Comments Received on the Agenda for the 23rd Session of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters*
* Comments should be treated as the personal comments of the sender unless it is clear from the comments that they are on behalf of an institution.
STATEMENTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION
- Opening statement by Mr. Navid Hanif, Director, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, UN DESA
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