New Video on Audit Selection in the 21st Century

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that the 6th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights is just a little over a week away.  As you know, the theme of this conference is Taxpayer Rights, Human Rights: Issues for Developing Countries.  We have three half-days of panels planned for 06 to 08 October, 2021, preceded by a free workshop on 05 October 2021 on The Role of Tax Clinics and Taxpayer Ombuds/Advocates in Protecting Taxpayer Rights.

As a teaser for what you might expect, below is the link to the youtube video of one of the panels from the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which was held in May of this year.  The video is of Panel IV: Audit Selection in the 21st Century.  The moderator for the panel was George Pitsilis, the Governor of the Greek Independent Revenue Authority.  The panelists were:

  • Jennie Granger (University of New South Wales Business School; former Director General of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Second Commissioner, Australian Tax Office);
  • Charles Rossotti (Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group and former Commissioner, US Internal Revenue Service); and
  • Anne Van deVijver (Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp and Co-supervisor, DigiTax).

This panel was a fascinating discussion about the role of artificial intelligence in audit selection – both the benefits and some of the risks to taxpayer rights, especially with respect to bias, false positives, and automated decision-making.  The panel’s discussion sets up the conversations we will have during our 6th ICTR, including a panel on Digitalization of Tax Administration and the Implications for Protection of Taxpayer and Human Rights on Friday, 08 October 2021.

So, I hope you will watch the video and also register for the upcoming 6th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights.  We do have a scale of registration fees for students and attendees from non-OECD countries.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

All the best,


Nina E. Olson
Executive Director