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Meeting of the working group of the Secretariat of the Coordinating Council of heads of tax (financial) investigation bodies of CIS member states was held in Minsk


Meeting of the working group of the Secretariat of the Coordinating Council of heads of tax (financial) investigation bodies of CIS member states was held in Minsk on 17 April 2014.
The meeting was attended by representatives of tax (financial) investigation bodies of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The Republic of Belarus was represented by the Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee - Director of Financial Investigations Department Igor Marshalov, who is chairman of Coordinating Council.
Participants of the meeting discussed the activities included in the Plan of Coordinating Council for the implementation of Interstate program of joint measures to combat the crime for the period from 2014 to 2018. This plan will be signed in the near future. In addition, the participants of the meeting discussed the issues of execution of decisions of the previous meeting of Coordinating Council that has been conducted in Minsk in September 2013, as well as preparations for a regular session of Coordinating Council in Armenia that will be held in October 2014 .
At the meeting the sides exchanged experiences in dealing with violations of the tax legislation, presented concrete examples of suppression of illegal activities in this area.
It should be noted that the establishment and activities of Coordinating Council allowed to tax (financial) investigation bodies to improve significantly the quality and level of interaction.
Close cooperation and the exchange of information among tax (financial) investigation bodies have organized in the framework of Coordinating Council. Over the past year tax (financial) investigation bodies have conducted a number of cooperative investigation measures to combat tax evasion, illicit alcohol and tobacco products, to minimize the formation of overdue foreign receivables. Particular attention is paid to the exchange of information about the facts of illegal activities of officials of enterprises of the distribution network promoting the formation of overdue foreign receivables.
Exchange of information within Coordinating Council is topical for Belarus especially considering the fact that illegal enterprises are often created in our country by foreign citizens.
It’s problematic to confront this phenomenon and find out all the circumstances of the activities of these illegal enterprises without close international cooperation. Interaction within Coordinating Council helps to solve this problem: with help of foreign colleagues it’s easier to clarify the circumstances of registration of legal entities and management of their financial and economic activity, to set the location of people involved in the creation of fictitious companies.

Background information
Coordinating Council of heads of tax (financial) investigation bodies of CIS member states was created on October 20, 1999 within the founding meeting that was held in Minsk. The main task of the Council is to ensure the economic security of the Commonwealth of Independent States, cooperation and coordination of the fight against violations of the tax (financial) legislation.
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