Developing and Implementing Industry Based Compliance Projects*

Workshop: December 10 – 12, 2019ILjubljana, SloveniaITax Policy and Administration

* Medium-Term Revenue Strategy was announced in the CEF learning program in the past and has been replaced by this.

Workshop background

As in other countries throughout the World, tax administrations in Southeast Europe are appropriated resources that are well short of what is required to ensure full compliance from each and every taxpayer. Anyway, Governments and communities expect their respective administrations to optimize tax collections. Achieving this requires methodologies for determining the most rational allocation of available tax administration resources to compliance efforts.

For some years, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assisted tax administrations in Southeast Europe develop and implement contemporary compliance risk management (CRM) methodology, including developing strategies and compliance projects for mitigating major “risk clusters (e.g. industry sector based). While most tax administrations have a good understanding of CRM principles, many are experiencing difficulties in translating these principles into practice. In general, only a small part of their compliance efforts are based in compliance strategies and projects developed in accordance with contemporary CRM methodology. Thus, it is questionable whether compliance efforts are effectively addressing the major risks that make up the respective countries’ tax gaps.

What you will learn 

The aim of this workshop is to facilitate tax administrations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia in implementing contemporary compliance risk management (CRM) methodology that will better enable them to mitigate major compliance risks (these that make up the bulk of their respective countries’ tax gaps) and through this increase taxpayer compliance and optimize revenue collection.

The participants from each of the tax administrations will be better able to develop and implement compliance improvement plans (CIPs) by:

  • Improving their understanding of the key components of the CRM process and CRM implementation steps;
  • Understanding and articulating the particular issues and problems that impede their efficient and effective implementation of industry CIPs;
  • Developing practical solutions to their specific problems and common problems across all tax administrations; and
  • Creating an action plan and timeline for dealing with the problems impeding the implementation of industry CIPs.

How you will benefit

General framework for the workshop will be the ABCD model:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • How do you get there?
  • How will you measure and monitor your progress?

Who should attend

The workshop is designed for heads and key personnel of tax administration compliance risk management units or departments.


The mainlecturer  will be Mr. Stephen Howlin (External IMF Expert,  Australia) who will be supported by Mr. Allan Jensen, Mr. Pekka Ruuhonen, and Mr. Jan Hansen (all IMF Revenue Administration Advisors in Southeast Europe).



This learning initiative is supported by:

International Monetary Fund State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO European Commission (EC)