The Tax Executives’ Institute is the only
global organisation to solely represent taxpayers’
views as its purpose.
A core function of TEI is to raise the views of its members
with revenue agencies, multilateral organisations and lawmakers
around the world.
When the Global Tax Advocacy Taskforce was formed by the TEI
this year to review its processes and practices related to its
multijurisdictional activities, it was bound to have an
influence on tax policy and development internationally.
The taskforce’s set of nine recommendations, or
charter objectives, included calls for working more closely
with organisations such as the OECD and the UN, for example, on
developments in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
countries; responding more effectively to treaty issues and
ensuring that TEI’s advocacy was coordinated
efficiently across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and
As joint-chairs of the taskforce, Vince Alicandri, vice
president, corporate tax for Hydro One, a Canadian utility
company, and Janice Lucchesi, vice president of tax in North
America for Akzo Nobel, the Dutch multinational paints,
coatings and chemicals company, were responsible for ensuring
the charter objectives were adhered to.
"Internally, we have seen more members become involved,
enriching our efforts and allowing us to do more," said
Lucchesi. "Externally, 2012 has witnessed significant
tax-related activities at both the OECD and UN level. TEI has
filed several significant submissions with the OECD, as well as
with the European Commission, which have reflected the
coordinated input from both European and North American
international tax related committees."
"The taskforce has made recommendations that will ensure
multijurisdictional international tax issues affecting
Institute members are discussed, evaluated, and acted upon in a
coordinated fashion," added Alicandri.
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