Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Collaboration with the Malaysian Tax Academy of IRB

Delegation of officers from the Malaysian Tax Academy (APM)of the Malaysian Inland Revenue Board visited the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) at the later's office in Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam. APM's delegation was led by its Director Tuan Haji Adzhar Sulaiman. APM is a training institute of the Malaysian Inland Revenue Board. In addition to the training of IRB's own staff, APM also conduct trainings for outside and international agencies. Among the international agencies that have benefited from APM trainings include officers from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Internal Revenue Srvice (IRS) and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). The meeting discussed potential collaborations between the two entities in at least five important areas: (i) Collaborative research in taxation-related policy and practice, (ii) Training, (iii) Joint publication of tax-related articles in journals and books, (iv) Co-organizing of the International Conference in Financial Criminology (ICFC) in 2013 and (v)Joint-editorial of an international journal in taxation that APM hopes to produce very soon. ARI-APM collaboration in these five possible areas is indeed very timely. Way back in 2003, UiTM researchers and lecturers were involved in conducting two cohorts of special training in Forensic Accounting for IRB Tax Investigators. Several IRB staff have also successfully completed their Master in Forensic Accounting & Financial Criminology at the Faculty of Accountancy, UiTM.

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