Improving the way tax stamps are developed and used

The International Tax Stamp Association is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in November 2015, that is working to ensure better understanding of the benefits of tax stamp and traceability systems, and to promote high professional standards through education, research and advocacy, and by developing and promoting best practice.

ITSA is recognised by government regulators and tax issuing authorities at national and regional level as an authoritative voice for the tax stamp community. We currently have 28 members from 18 different countries and growing!

If you are interested in joining ITSA then please complete the application form here.

Press Releases

6 Mar 2024

Interview with an ITSA Member – OpSec Security

In the first of our 2024 interview series, we explore the tax stamp industry from an insider perspective, delving into its challenges, opportunities, and potential developments with International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members. This month, the insights are courtesy of Steven Proudfoot, Product Director for OpSec Security’s government solutions business …

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6 Feb 2024

The EU Digital Product Passport ITSA’s Recommendations for a Secure and Interoperable Approach

The purpose of this document, prepared by the International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA), is to offer recommendations for a secure and interoperable implementation of the European Union’s (EU) Digital Product Passport (DPP). The DPP is likely to have a far-reaching effect on product traceability systems across numerous industries. However, ITSA …

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1 Feb 2024

Interviews with ITSA Members 2023 – Common Threads and Differences

Last year, we launched a series of interviews with International Tax Stamp Association (ITSA) members to collect personal insights into the advances, challenges and possible future developments shaping the tax stamp industry’s evolution. In this article, we look back at common threads that emerged and where opinions differed, considering how …

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An introduction to the international standard for tax stamps

Document distributed as part of Ian Lancaster’s workshop on the review of ISO Standard 22382

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Proposal for an FCTC Protocol-Compliant Tobacco Control System Blue Print

Its aim is to contribute to the work being carried out on implementing a tobacco track and trace system compliant …

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ITSA Guideline

Why Tax Stamps Provide the Best Combined Solution for Traceability and Security Features Under the EU Tobacco Products Directive

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Click above to view ITSA’s workshop presentation to revenue authorities at the Tax Stamp & Traceability Forum, 2 October 2023


Why do some tax stamp programmes fail while others deliver huge benefits? Tim Driscoll, Chief Technology Officer at Authentix, examines the hallmarks of successful—and unsuccessful—tax collection approaches.

As Pakistan struggles with floods and a tumultuous political and economic landscape, tax and excise expert Aftab Baloch explores why the nation’s tax authority is failing to raise sufficient revenue and what can be done to improve it.

The state of Uttarakhand in India is replacing polyester-based stamps on alcohol products amid protests that plastic stamps bad for the environment and contravene a nationwide ban on single-use plastic items below 100 microns in thickness.

Save the Date! On 3 June in Santiago, Chile, ITSA is holding a seminar to address developments and best practices in tax stamps and secure track and trace systems for tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and other excise taxable products.

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