The Italian Government and the International Tax Dialogue (ITD) with the support of the European Commission were pleased to present a global conference on the topic of Value Added Tax (VAT). The conference took place in Rome - Italy, on 15-16 March 2005 with an opening reception on the evening of 14 March 2005.
The ITD is an initiative of the IMF, OECD and World Bank with the UN as an active observer, to encourage and facilitate discussion of tax matters among national tax officials and international and regional tax organisations.
The introduction and administration of VAT systems can present both considerable opportunities and difficulties. Both the ITD and the Italian Government believe that there is significant benefit in bringing together experts on VAT and enabling countries to mutually share their knowledge and experience. The objective of the conference was to tap the wealth of experience developed and to explore scope for further dissemination of good practice among countries.
The conference was aimed at high-level VAT policymakers and administrators, active in their respective ministry of finance or revenue authority. All 184 member countries of the IMF, OECD and World Bank were invited.
This conference website has been updated following the conference.