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. 

Background:

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.

For additional information, please see:

www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/georgia

For more information, please contact:

Delegation of the European Union to Georgia:   Communications Manager, Mikolaj Bekasiak,

Mikolaj-Swietopelek.BEKASIAK@eeas.europa.eu

Resident Twinning Advisor: Dr.  Wolfgang   Berger, w.berger@bmf.gv.at