The OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center has been established in 1993 based on Memorandum of Understanding between the OECD and the Republic of Turkey. Beside The OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center there are 4 other OECD Multilateral Tax Centers which are located in Budapest, Seoul, Mexico City and Vienna.
In general, costs of the OECD Multilateral Tax Centers are being covered by the total budget composed of voluntary cash and in-kind contributions of the OECD member countries. The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) contributes $130.000 cash every year to the OECD. The expenditures of the OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center are being covered by in-kind contribution of the Turkish Revenue Administration in addition to the OECD allocation.
Different events (seminars, workshops etc.) have been held at the OECD Ankara Multilateral Tax Center for a total of 4847 high-level tax officials from 61 countries from 1993 to date.
Countries that have participated to various events at the OECD Ankara Tax Center are; Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Croatia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, Qatar, India, Indonesia, Islamic Rep. of Iran, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian National Authority, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabian, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Events held in Ankara Multilateral Tax Center are mostly related to International Taxation System such as Auditing Multinational Enterprises, Transfer Pricing, Application of Tax Treaties, Exchange of Information and Bank Secrecy, International Tax Avoidance and Evasion. Generally all events include case studies and workshops where participants from different countries have the opportunity to present their practices.
Experienced experts and high level officials from OECD Secretariat and member countries have been lecturing in these events. Senior officials from the Turkish Revenue Administration also have been contributing as lecturer in events held not only in Ankara but also in other OECD Centers.
Such taxation workshops and seminars organized in these Centers contribute substantially to encourage non-OECD economies to adopt taxation practices which promote economic growth through the development of international trade and investment. These efforts in the scope of OECD’s work on improving relations with non-OECD economies aim to associate non-OECD economies with international best practice in taxation and provide a forum for multilateral dialogue between the OECD and non-OECD economies. They also help to focus on the assistance efforts of OECD economies in taxation.