The International Fiscal Association (IFA) was established in 1938 with its headquarters in the Netherlands. It is the only non-governmental and non-sectoral international organisation dealing with fiscal matters.  The objects of 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. IFA seeks to achieve these objects through its Annual Congresses and scientific publications relating thereto as well as through scientific research. Membership of IFA stands at more than 12,000 persons from 111 countries. In 67 countries IFA members have established IFA Branches. 

UCT academics from the Departments of Finance & Tax and Commercial Law are leading members of the South African branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA-South Africa).   Prof. Jennifer Roeleveld is President of IFA-South Africa and also serves on the central IFA permanent scientific committee.  A/Prof. Craig West is the current Secretary-General and A/Prof. Johann Hattingh an executive committee member.

The Annual Congress of IFA will be hosted in Cape Town in 2022.  This congress hosts approximately 2,000 tax professionals, academics, government officials and revenue authorities from around the globe.  It is the first time that the congress will be convened in Africa.  Cape Town and UCT will be a focal point for international tax research and discourse in the years leading up to the 2022 congress.

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