VAT Refunds Working Group – Tax Reform Advisory Committee


Initially formed to amend VAT Refunds legislation for the energy industry, the Inter-Ministerial VAT Refunds Working Group was transformed into a broader Tax Reform Working Group once the Group’s initial purpose was achieved.

The Inter-Ministerial Tax Reform Working Group seeks to propose comprehensive suggestions for the extensive tax reform process launched when the Government of Kazakhstan announced unification of the Tax and Customs Codes. New tax legislation was originally intended to be introduced on 1 January 2017, but at the recommendation of the Working Group, the date was moved forward to 1 January 2018 - a significant achievement, given the scope and complexity of the tax reform process.  

The Tax Reform Working Group will work with international tax experts and organizations such as the OECD to provide the best available tax expertise to the Government of Kazakhstan.


Ministerial Chair: Alikhan Smailov, Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan

AmCham Co-Leader: Anthony Mahon, Partner, Leader of Tax and Legal at Deloitte

Michael Ahern, Partner, Leader of Tax & Legal Services at PwC Kazakhstan