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Korea’s tax agency joins European tax body to support companies’ overseas expansion

By Byun Hye-Jin

Published : July 2, 2021 - 17:40

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NTS Commissioner Kim Dae-ji speaks at the 25th IOTA General Assembly held via video link. (National Tax Service) NTS Commissioner Kim Dae-ji speaks at the 25th IOTA General Assembly held via video link. (National Tax Service)

South Korea’s National Tax Service has joined a nonprofit European tax body in a bid to enhance cooperation with member countries and provide policy support for local companies making forays into the European market.
The Intra-European Organization of Tax Administrations approved South Korea’s entry as an associate member -- the first in Asia -- at the 25th General Assembly held through video conferencing from Wednesday to Friday.

The IOTA consists of 44 member countries from the European region. As an associate member, Korea does not yet have voting rights.

“The IOTA has chosen South Korea’s NTS that has advanced tax administration, as the first step to diversify the panel. The NTS has discussed with the IOTA secretariat to join the organization since 2019,” NTS said in a statement on Friday.

The NTS expects to resolve operational difficulties local companies face abroad, especially in eastern Europe where companies often encounter a challenging taxation system.

Although Korean companies have been actively expanding their businesses to eastern Europe, they have experienced aggressive taxation and difficulties in resolving disputes, the NTS said.

The number of Korean companies in eastern Europe accounts for 33 percent of all Korean branches in Europe.

It also hopes to export the country’s electronic tax administration system to other member countries and that it would gain traction there.

The tax agency will participate in research projects such as tax avoidance strategies, offshore tax evasion and digital economy to be on par with the advanced tax administrations in Europe.

“We will build friendly environment for South Korean residents and companies in Europe by expanding our partnership with the European tax authorities,” the NTS said.