The FIIAPP is promoting the creation of Accounting and Tax Support Centres in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala, as part of a tax training initiative devised by the Brazilian Federal Revenue Service and the University of Anhanguera, Rio Grande do Sul.
In coordination with the FIIAPP, the Ministry of Finance in El Salvador organised this expert consultancy service in La Antigua (Guatemala) with the participation of tax institutions and academic institutions in these three Central American countries. The two Brazilian institutions participating oversaw this tax education initiative and provided training. This experience exchange forms part of the EUROsociAL annual action plan “Reinforcing tax education programmes in Latin America,” which is coordinated by the FIIAPP.
The Accounting and Tax Support Centres project was created by the Federal Revenue Serviceand is supported by higher education institutions; it has three main objectives: 1) the tax administration should educate accountancy students about the social meaning of taxes; 2) to give students practical experience in tax consultancy and provide excellent professional training; 3) to encourage free accounting and tax support to be provided by students to natural and legal persons with low income as well as university staff.
As recipients of Brazil’s support, experts from the General Tax Administration of Costa Rica, the General Internal Tax Administration of El Salvador, and the Tax Supervision Administration of Guatemala have participated in this project. The Ministry of Education of El Salvador, the University of Costa Rica and the Universidad Fidelitas of Costa Rica, the University of Galileo from Guatemala, the Pan-American University and Universidad Matías Delgado were also present.
The inauguration was led by Borja Díaz Rivillas, Senior Expert of the Technical Unit of Public Finance, Democratic Institutionalism and Social Dialogue of the FIIAPP/EUROsociAL II; Joel López, Assistant Manager of Tax Culture of the SAT of Guatemala; and Mario Juárez, expert of the Tax Education Unit of the Ministry of Finance of El Salvador. Technical support was provided by Antonio Henrique Lindemberg Baltazar, Tax Education and Institutional Memory Coordinator of the Federal Revenue Service; Clovis Belbute Peres, Tax Auditor of the Federal Revenue Service; and Leandro Tuzzin, professor at the University of Anhanguera.
This activity has provided detailed information to countries regarding the nature and scope of the NAF, establishing a roadmap that will allow it to be adapted to their specific situations in the next few months.