EU supports Georgia to improve its tax administration system (04/11/2015)
Tbilisi, 04 November 2015: A formal closing ceremony will mark the end of the EU-funded Twinning project, which strengthened the administrative capacity of the Georgia Revenue Service.
The event will take place in Holiday Inn Hotel, Tbilisi and was attended by Mr Giorgi Tabuashvili, First Deputy Minister of Georgia, Director General of the Georgia Revenue Service, Mr Kaido Sirel, Head of Operations of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, and Mag. Axel Wech., Ambassador of the Republic of Austria. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance and Georgian Revenue Service will present the main results of the project.
During the 18 month project, with a total budget of €1.3 million (approx. GEL3.46 million), experts from by the Austrian Ministry of Finance and the Austrian Agency for European Integration and Economic Development aimed to develop an efficient and effective tax administration system in harmony with the economic and financial interests and activities of businesses and citizens of Georgia.
The project has focused on the protection of the state’s and taxpayers’ interests, detection of non-compliance, simplification of administrative procedures, prevention of fraudulent activities, high quality audit and improved targeting of audit resources through case selection, cooperation with foreign tax administrations, together with building the capacity of the Georgia Revenue Service
The project is of great importance for Georgia, not only to provide qualitative services to taxpayers, to have a strong and efficient tax control system in place, and to ensure a low burden on taxpayers and high tax compliance, but also to harmonize its VAT and existing legislation with EU standards in accordance with the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
Twinning is a European Union initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities. Twinning projects must yield concrete operational results for the beneficiary country under the terms of the Association Agreement between that country and the EU.
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Delegation of the European Union to Georgia: Communications Manager, Mikolaj Bekasiak,
Resident Twinning Advisor: Dr. Wolfgang Berger, firstname.lastname@example.org