Support to the Syrian Tax Commission

Technical assistance to the Public Finance Reform Programme
Building capacity to construct a unified tax institution in Syria

In 2011 Adam Smith International was asked by the European Commission to expand the roles and responsibilities of the Syrian Tax Commission in order to build a unified Tax Administration institution.

Support to the Syrian Tax Commission included assistance with VAT administration, building the capacity of the Large Taxpayer Office and supporting the development of regional Large Taxpayer Offices and Medium Taxpayer Offices; enhancing enforcement, audit and taxpayer services; simplifying the tax structure; supporting revised legislation and a tax procedure code; and building capacity to formulate tax policy to plan and forecast future revenue streams to expand the tax base.

The project was due to conclude in 2014 but was suspended by the European Commission due to the conflict in Syria.