Experts

  • Do you have at least five years' experience in an audit or audit-related role in a national tax administration?

  • Have you retired within the last five years or are you currently serving in a tax administration?

  • Looking for an opportunity to travel and share your knowledge?

 

Experts participating in a TIWB Programme will often be deployed for one to two week-long missions over a period of one to six months. The Host Administration may or may not provide remuneration for the Expert, but in all cases daily expenses are covered in the Programme Costs. TIWB Experts have experience in areas such as risk review/assessment, case selection, VAT, transfer pricing, thin capitalisation, computer forensic audits, multi-national enterprises/large businesses audits, etc.

 

Role of a TIWB Expert

The role of the TIWB Expert is to provide hands-on assistance in the daily audit and audit-related activities of the Host Administration, working on actual audit cases. TIWB Experts work at the local tax office of the Host Administration with the local tax officials. The Host Administration manages the Expert's day-to-day role. The Expert does not take the place of local tax audit staff or carry out audit work that would not otherwise involve local audit personnel. 

Position of the TIWB Expert within the Host Administration

Although the TIWB Expert will in most cases be considered to have the same position as an employee of the Host Administration when performing his/her tasks, it is likely – e.g. because of the advisory component in their tasks – that the position of the Expert may differ on some points compared to the position of regular employees of the Host Administration. 

Experts Teaching

‌There must also be a clear chain of responsibility for management of the Expert. It may vary depending on whether the Expert is a recently retired official or a currently serving official. In the latter case, for instance, the management chain will need to take into account the Partner Administration. Agreed processes should be in place to manage any difficulties which may arise during the TIWB Programme, between the Host Administration and the Expert, for example, concerning the approach or technique of the Expert. In cases where the Expert is a currently serving tax official, the Partner Administration will be informed about the nature of the difficulties. In advance of the TIWB Programme, the Experts will need to work with the Host Administration to ensure that an appropriate framework for the specific TIWB Programme is put in place. In the case of currently serving experts this will be done in conjunction with their local administration, that is, the Partner Administration. ‌


Whether the Expert is a currently serving official or a recently retired expert will change some aspects of the Programme framework, by possibly shifting certain responsibilities of the involved parties.

Expert profiles

Recently retired tax officials

Recently retired tax officials interested in becoming TIWB Experts may signal their desire to participate via the Tax Audit Expert "Expression of Interest". Retired Experts often participate in TIWB Programmes on a voluntary basis, with their costs of participating (e.g. travel and daily expenses) covered by the Host Administration or by a third-party sponsor such as a Donor Partner.

The position of a retired Expert within a TIWB Programme is similar to that of local Host Administration officials. In some countries, legislation stipulates that retired government officials may still have specific obligations to their former home administration regarding matters related to fiscal confidentiality. These obligations must be taken into account when setting the TIWB Programme Terms of Reference.

The Terms of Reference clearly stipulate the position of the TIWB Expert within the Host Administration (including the responsibilities of each party) and the protections and reporting structure which apply (i.e. in the event of allegations of improper conduct, conflict of interest, fiscal confidentiality breach, etc).

Currently serving tax officials

Tax Administrations (Partner Administrations) wishing to propose a currently serving official (either on secondment or leave without pay) to participate in a TIWB Programme should contact the TIWB Secretariat in order to initiate the Expert selection process.

TIWB Experts act as officials of the Host Administration, being directly involved in actual audit activities while at the same time reporting to their Partner Administration. Officials are often considered to still be employees of the Partner Administration and are therefore bound by all obligations associated with this status. As a TIWB Expert, the official has duties and responsibilities towards both Host and Partner Administrations.

While unlikely, there may be cases where TIWB Experts face challenges in carrying out their duties for the Host Administration (i.e. relating to tax confidentiality or managing conflict of interest, or in the scope of their responsibilities for the Host Administration). The Terms of Reference must make clear how these will be managed, through which management channels, and which administration (Host or Partner Administration) will have primary responsibility for that process.

Expert placement

  1. At any time, an interested tax audit expert may complete an online TIWB Expert "Expression of Interest" form in order to stay informed of upcoming opportunities, including staying informed about Roster of Experts application periods and learning more about the offerings of the TIWB Initiative and its various Programmes.

  2. At specific times throughout the year, applications are accepted for the Roster for Tax Experts on the UNDP website. All qualified applicants should apply in order to be included in the TIWB Roster of Experts for placement in a future TIWB Programme. Applications for the Roster for Tax Experts are accepted every 3 to 6 months. [Currently serving officials may only apply directly to TIWB with written clearance from their tax administrations.]

  3. When a TIWB Assistance Request is submitted by a Host Administration, the TIWB Secretariat notifies Experts on the Roster of Experts of the specific, upcoming TIWB Programme. The TIWB Secretariat disseminates a Programme Summary to qualified persons on the Roster of Experts, as well as to the international contact points in Partner Administrations who may have the capacity to second a tax audit official to the TIWB Programme. If qualified experts from the Roster of Experts or a Partner Administration are not available, the UNDP will advertise the Expert position for the specific TIWB Programme via its website. These vacancies will also be posted on the Resources page of the TIWB website.

  4. Depending on the funding of the specific TIWB Programme, any remuneration and reimbursement of Programme Costs will be covered by either:
      • Host Administration;
      • Partner Administration;
      • Donor Partner funding the TIWB Programme; or
      • UNDP managed TIWB Fund.

  5. The TIWB Secretariat will provide the Host Administration with the professional resume/CV of available Expert(s). UNDP, TIWB and Host Administration jointly decide on the most appropriate Expert for the TIWB Programme.

  6. The parties to the TIWB Programme can then co-ordinate drafting of appropriate Terms of Reference.