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VITARA - Institutional Governance

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25 USD
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1 week
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Course description

VITARA - Institutional Governance

This course introduces the internal and external governance frameworks for tax administrations. It covers topics such as the principles of accountability and transparency, governance safeguards, external oversight, internal controls, governance responsibilities for senior leaders in a tax administration as well as organizational considerations in the development and implementation of the governance framework.

This course is a joint initiative of four international organizations: Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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  • Self-paced Online
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  • English

Who should attend?


Access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and a Google Chrome web browser is essential.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The International Monetary Fund, a partner institute of EdX.

3-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$25
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by institutional governance in tax administration and the key internal and external dimensions of governance.
  • Recognize how the principles of accountability and transparency influence the design of tax administration frameworks for addressing governance vulnerabilities.
  • Describe key components that make up the institutional settings of a tax administration.
  • Recognize the governance safeguards that allow a tax administration to be effective, impartial and not subject to political interference.
  • Explain the importance of external oversight and the mechanisms for ensuring that community confidence in the tax system is maintained.
  • Understand the essential elements of an internal governance framework for a tax administration.
  • Identify the internal governance responsibilities of executives and managers in a tax administration.
  • Describe key organizational considerations in the development and implementation of an internal governance framework.
  • Describe the various kinds of risks that a tax administration may be required to anticipate and prepare to manage.
  • Explain why a system of internal controls is important in a tax administration.

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