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A Portuguese mission to assess Timor-Leste’s taxation system

A Portuguese mission, upon the request from the Ministry of Finance of Timor-Leste, visited Dili, from 26 to 31 January 2015 to conduct an assessment of the Timor-Leste taxation system. The mission is part of the Government’s effort to start reforming Timor-Leste’s taxation system. The engagement of foreign taxations experts is part of a broader consultative process before reforms are agreed to.

The mission will meet with the Minister and Vice Minister of Finance, senior staff in the General Directorate of Taxation, Customs, SERVE, Information System (IT) and representatives of the private sector. The mission is also scheduled to visit the Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment; Ministry of Social Solidarity; Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication and the National Police Force (PNTL).

The mission will study the existing background documentation and interview relevant personnel to collect the supporting information to write up a report that will be given to the Minister of Finance at the end of their mission.

The mission staff comprises of Dr. Álvaro Matias, Director General of Office for Economic Policy and International Affairs (GEAPRI); Dra. Rosa Caetano, Head of Department for Cooperation and International Institutions (GEAPRI); Dr. Manuel Gonçalves, Head of Cabinet of Secretariat of State for Tax Affairs (SEAF); Dra. Ana Cristina Bicho, Head of Department for Tax Law of Tax and Customs Authority; and

Dra. Clotilda Mata, Head of Multidisciplinary Team for Tax Infractions and Litigations of Tax and Customs Authority.

The recommendations provided by the Mission will serve as one of the inputs for the Government in carrying out its fiscal reform. The reform aims at increasing tax revenues by broadening the tax base while remaining attractive to investors – END.