First Nations Tax Commission – Commission de la fiscalitè des premières nations

Webinar: The Role of a Tax Administrator

In this brief webinar, Instructor Deanna Honeyman reviews the role, responsibilities, relevant processes and available resources to tax administrators. Honeyman has worked with the Tzeachten First Nation, located in the Fraser Valley of B.C., for 10 years, currently serving as its Lands and Property Taxation Manager.

Deanna Honeyman

Honeyman started in the First Nation’s housing department but quickly shifted to focus on taxation and later added lands to her portfolio. She is a long-time member of the First Nations Tax Administrators Association (FNTAA), has taught at the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, and has presented at various workshops and conferences.

“[Tax administration] was offered to me, and I didn’t really know a lot about it. But I thought it sounded quite interesting, and I could see how it benefitted the community,” says Honeyman. “It’s not relying on the government for funding. … This is something that is established that will continue on for as long as you have the tax base. And it will continue to grow if you grow your tax base. It’s that step towards self-sufficiency.”

One of the webinar’s key takeaways for Honeyman is that there are resources available to those interested in tax administration. In particular, specific training can be sought by registering for the First Nation Tax Administration program offered by Tulo.

While some level of comfort with math is desired, one doesn’t need to be an accountant in order to become a successful tax administrator, according to Honeyman.

“You need to be a good communicator,” she says. “You need to have a bit of a thicker skin. … You need to be able to take initiative and be decisive.”

As mentioned in the webinar, there are plenty of resources available to support Tax Administrators:

First Nations Tax Administrators Association
The FNTAA is committed to advancing the professional management of First Nations property taxation systems. The FNTAA supports its members by offering an Annual National Forum, distributing newsletters and information bulletins, providing mentors, promoting education opportunities and serving as an advocate for best practices.
info@fntaawww.fntaa.ca

Tax Administration System
TAS is a simple and powerful administrative tool designed to help tax administrators efficiently manage the complete annual property tax cycle.
http://tascloud.ca/

Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics
The Tulo Centre delivers programs that offer Indigenous people and communities the tools to build capacity and generate revenue, leading to lasting individual and community prosperity. The Certificate in First Nation Tax Administration provides the knowledge and skills needed to design and operate a taxation system using the powers outlined in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act.
info@tulo.cawww.tulo.ca

First Nations Tax Commission
The FNTC helps First Nation governments build and maintain fair, efficient property tax regimes and to ensure those First Nation communities, and their taxpayers alike, receive the maximum benefit from those systems. Contact the FNTC for assistance with law development or other questions. The FNTC also offers presentations, workshops and other support.
mail@fntc.ca | www.fntc.ca

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