The International Fiscal Association (“IFA”) is the leading non-governmental international organisation dealing with tax matters. Its members comprise taxpayers (both individuals and companies), tax advisers (both individuals and firms), tax directors, government officials in the tax field and tax academics. It is a unique forum for discussing international tax matters and for making contacts in the international tax community.
The IFA is headquartered in the Netherlands and has more than 12,500 members worldwide from 112 countries. It has official branches in 67 countries, including the UK. The UK branch is one of the oldest and largest branches. It has a busy programme of meetings in the UK and also plays an active role in the international organisation.
The objects of the IFA are the study and advancement of international and comparative law in regard to public finance, specifically international and comparative fiscal law, and the financial and economic aspects of taxation. It achieves these objects through research and publications and the holding of seminars and conferences.
As well as holding numerous branch meetings in the countries where the branches are located, the IFA also holds regional conferences and, once a year, a major international congress. The 2017 international congress will be held in Rio de Janeiro 27 August – 1 September 2017. The 2016 congress was held in Madrid, Spain and the 2018 congress will be held in Seoul, Korea.
The main publication of the IFA is the “Cahiers de Droit Fiscal International” which is published annually and deals with 2 major topics each year. It is available free to IFA members. Despite its French name it is in fact published in English. The official journal of the IFA is Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation which is published by the International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation 12 times a year and is available on subscription.