Improved Access Period, Introduction of Reference Guide, and New Translated Courses in the VITARA Portfolio

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We are happy to inform you about a new milestone that we have most recently achieved in the history of the VITARA Portfolio. In order to improve the user experience and mitigate the administrative processes for the VITARA learners,  we made the completion time of the VITARA Courses significantly more flexible and practical than ever before. Hence, all the courses will be accessible throughout the year after one single registration. This new development means that learners can register for the new courses anytime in the upcoming 12 months (but latest by March 4, 2024) and access the courses until April 15, 2024.

In the meantime, we are also delighted to share the launch of the first VITARA Reference Guide on Strategic Management and new translated courses in the VITARA portfolio. The Reference Guide has been published and can be found under this link.

The Reference Guide provides easy and free access to the content of the VITARA SM module, in addition, it focuses on how a tax administration can benefit from the application of strategic management: the process of setting long–term objectives, implementing initiatives to achieve them, and measuring their success. Strategic management is a critical planning, communication, and management discipline. A strategically managed tax administration is forward-looking and is equipped to respond to challenges arising from a continually changing external environment. In its five chapters, the guide highlights key concepts, processes, and good practices relating to the strategic management of a tax administration. Learn more about Strategic Management by watching the microlearning video of this module.

Vitara has launched 4 new translated modules as well, expanding its portfolio to 13 courses. The new courses about Reform Management Fundamentals, and Reform Management Specific Topics are accessible in Spanish and French translations, while the registration for the expanded VITARA Course Portfolio including the recently published Compliance Risk Management (CRM) module and the new courses are now re-launched and available for registration until March 2024. The four new translated modules are open until August and will be relaunched then until March 2024.

Reform Management Fundamentals:

The eight-hour-long self-paced course explains key concepts of reform management, the process of developing a tax administration reform program, the key management and governance arrangements of tax administration reforms as well as tax administration reform project management. Discover more about the VITARA RMF course here and watch the microlearning video of this training at this link.

Reform Management Specific Topics:

This short self-paced course focuses on the implementation of reforms and introduces tools and methods in planning, monitoring and reporting tax administration reform programs, approaches to resource reforms and risk management, successful change management practices as well as the concept of post-implementation evaluation. Discover more about the VITARA RMST course here and watch the microlearning video of this training at this link.

VITARA stands for Virtual Training to Advance Revenue Administration, and is a joint initiative of four organisations, Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It was launched in 2020 to develop a highly effective, globally accessible, on-demand and free online curriculum on revenue administrative issues. The VITARA modules are introductory level modules and designed for busy professionals who wish to improve their skills in tax administration. Find out more about VITARA Courses by visiting the dedicated VITARA page on the IOTA website.