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Advanced Analytics for Better Tax Administration

Putting Data to Work

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This report highlights the key opportunities and challenges in establishing, operating, or improving advanced analytics functions in tax administrations. The report provides practical examples of how administrations are currently utilising advanced analytics, and discusses key topics, including organisational arrangements, governance, management and data. The report also discusses how administrations are utilising analytics to improve their operations and deliver better outcomes to taxpayers. Finally, it sets out conclusions, recommendations and next steps. 

This report has been prepared by the Forum on Tax Administration’s Advanced Analytics Programme. The work was initiated by the FTA Bureau following the biennial conference on Advanced Analytics hosted by the Irish Revenue Commissioners in March 2015. That workshop identified member country interest in undertaking work to identify member experience in analytics delivery and share information on both the technologies and tools they were using.

 

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Managing advanced analytics projects effectively

This chapter describes the main practical challenges associated with the governance, prioritisation, management, and evaluation of advanced analytics projects, and outlines a number of initiatives that have enabled survey respondents to overcome these challenges. It focuses particularly on how administrations can manage the uncertainty associated with the typical advanced analytics initiative. The chapter also addresses the issue of “change management” and identifies a range of approaches deployed by administrations to ensure that operational staff act on analytic outputs.

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