Successful Cooperation of Tax Authorities from Sweden and BiH

Experts from the Swedish Tax Agency visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) within the project “Reform of the Tax System in BiH” supported by the Swedish Development Cooperation with BiH through Sida. This visit aims to meet with the representatives of the tax agencies in BiH with whom they had discussions on how to improve the procedures and increase the efficiency within the tax system.

Alem Resulovic has been employed with the Swedish Tax Agency since 2006 and he is the Head of the Section dealing mostly with external information.Lana Tomićhas also been working since 2006 as Head of the Section dealing with control and inspectorial matters.

The goal of this project is to improve the services of the tax agencies through cooperation between Swedish Tax Agency and tax agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The project includes cooperation with the tax agencies of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Brčko district and the Indirect Taxation Agency of BiH.

“The results are already visible, especially in the “pre-filling” of tax returns which to a large extent facilitate tax registration for the citizens,” Resulovic says.

“I have to point out that our cooperation with the colleagues from Bosnia and Herzegovina is excellent. They are very professional, knowledgeable and ambitious staff members at all tax agencies that we work with,” Tomic explained, adding that with the efforts of the dedicated and knowledgeable staff at the tax agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is definitely possible, in quite a short period, to improve the methods of tax collection in an efficient way, simplify the procedures and gain the trust of the citizens. It is hard to say which time frame to define, perhaps it is possible in several years.



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