IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman has been chosen as the new chairman of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Forum on Tax Administration.

He will assume his duties on August 18, replacing Pravin Gordhan, who was recently appointed Minister for Finance in South Africa.

The FTA allows tax commissioners from 41 advanced economies to confer and develop new ideas to enhance tax administration around the world. The Forum also gathers and publishes a set of suggested practices in participating countries on a wide range of tax compliance and taxpayer service issues. In recent years, it has commissioned a series of reports focusing on the compliance of large businesses and very wealthy taxpayers.

Shulman said he was "particularly keen to lead the Forum in building greater cooperation between tax administrations across the world as we work to improve tax compliance both domestically and internationally." Those efforts could include techniques such as joint audits to leverage countries' enforcement resources and streamline their mutual cross-border work.

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