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Tax secrecy and tax transparency - the relevance of confidentiality in tax law, Rust (2012)

The conference was held from July 5 to 7, 2012, in Rust, Austria.

The Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Lang, Prof. Dr. Josef Schuch, Prof. Dr. Claus Staringer, Prof. Dr. Pasquale Pistone and Prof. Dr. Alfred Storck) in co-operation with Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden (Prof. Dr. Eleonor Kristoffersson, Prof. Dr. Joakim Nergelius, Prof. Dr. Annina H. Persson) organized a conference on the topic “Tax secrecy and tax transparency – the relevance of confidentiality in tax law” which was held in Rust, Burgenland, on July 5 – 7, 2012.

The main purpose of this research project was to assess not only the ways in which different countries regard the treatment of tax information and tax secrecy, but also its impacts. The conference dealt, among other topics, with the collection of data, the sharing of information domestically as well as internationally and the access to taxpayers’ data not only by the public but also by individuals.