Ms. Theodora Messini: Our approach to project implementation was based on the following priorities:
In 2018 five workshops were held and experts from Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) of the Hellenic Republic and their counterparts from the Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan have developed:
the “Transfer Pricing Methodology Guidelines” and the “Transfer Pricing Rules”, based on the OECD TP Guidelines, BEPS Actions, relevant EU Guidance, and international best practices. Both ready-for-implementation deliverables include the knowledge gained through the seminars performed and have been approved by the Minister of Taxes; Implementation Package of CbCR in the Republic of Azerbaijan, including a road map as well as primary and secondary legislation, confidentiality and data safeguards aspects, and frequently asked questions for the taxpayers;
Mr. Jeyhun Ismayilov: The Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan targeted to involve tax officials from national, regional and central tax offices of the Ministry of Taxes. Progress among attendees was highlighted through tests and a target group of 16 tax officials was selected among 41 participants. This target group will apply the theoretical and practical/audit procedures in the Republic of Azerbaijan that will be transmitted during the twinning program.
The educational approach was implemented according to the agreed training program covering the theoretical framework through practical examples and case studies and delivering training sessions performing real case scenarios for audits.
During the first year of the project (2018) five seminars have taken place giving the opportunity to tax officials to be familiar with the most important concepts of TP provisions.
Furthermore, the target group of the tax officials of the Ministry of Taxes paid three study visits to tax authorities of EU Member States, including the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) of Hellenic Republic, the Federal Ministry of Finance of Austria and the Federal Ministry of Finance of Federal Republic of Germany. These study visits aimed to provide practical insight on TP issues, APA mechanism and CbCR, as well as in TP risk analysis and auditing process.
Both Ms. Messini and Mr. Ismayilov would like to thank the Twinning Administrative Supporting Team Ms. Babayeva Gultakin, RTA Assistant and Mr. Karimov Emil, RTA Assistant-Interpreter/Translator for being both the best administrative professionals that added value to the work performed in ways that make them critical to our project success.