A consortium led by Sogema Technologies has been awarded a contract for the provision, implementation and support of the Standardized Integrated Tax Administration System (SIGTAS) to the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The project, financed by the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Australian Aid (AusAid), aims to modernize the revenue administration system of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance. The implementation of the new solution will allow the Government of Myanmar to increase its capacity to collect taxes and drive government revenues in a transparent and accountable manner, thereby supporting public sector investments in areas such as education, health and infrastructure. In line with Sogema Technologies mission, it is expected that the implementation of the latest version of SIGTAS, will contribute to Myanmar’s progress towards modernization and improved overall socio-economic well-being.

The SIGTAS solution, delivered by Sogema Technologies with technical support from CowaterSogema International (Ottawa, Canada), will introduce new features allowing the IRD to move from a paper-based system to a digital one which will allow taxpayers to submit their tax returns online. These new processes are expected to support tax compliance and provide the foundation for the government of Myanmar to execute and automate its economic policy while increasing collection rates and raising overall revenues for the country. The new system will also seek to optimize decision-making and improve collaboration between the IRD and external entities to help prevent tax evasion.

The tax solution SIGTAS was first implemented in Asia-Pacific in 2001 through a contract with the government of Timor-Leste. In 2010, SIGTAS was implemented in Papua New Guinea; Myanmar is now the third country in Asia-Pacific to benefit from SIGTAS with the latest version implementation. Providing a robust foundation for sound fiscal management and sustainable economic growth, SIGTAS is in constant development and is now used in more than 28 countries worldwide.

About Sogema Technologies

Sogema Technologies develops, integrates and implements citizen-centric Revenue Management solutions to support public institutions in executing their fiscal and compliance strategies while building a scalable foundation for sustainable economic growth with improved public services.

About CowaterSogema

With over 800 projects implemented in more than 80 countries, CowaterSogema is Canada’s leading international development consultancy. CowaterSogema’s primary focus is on achieving long-lasting impact and opportunities for societies around the world through the design and delivery of projects that address the public, socio-economic and infrastructure challenges of developing and emerging countries.