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Tax for Development: Can the IMF and G20 Help Mobilize More Domestic Resources?. Michael Keen, IMF CSO Policy Forum, WB/IMF Spring Meetings April 14,2011. What we do : About 100 missions annually, plus 7 regional centers. Has been improvement since early 1990s:

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Tax for development can the imf and g20 help mobilize more domestic resources

Tax for Development: Can the IMF and G20 Help Mobilize More Domestic Resources?

Michael Keen, IMF

CSO Policy Forum, WB/IMF Spring Meetings

April 14,2011


Tax for development can the imf and g20 help mobilize more domestic resources

What we do:

About 100 missions annually, plus 7 regional centers


Tax for development can the imf and g20 help mobilize more domestic resources

Has been improvement since early 1990s:

…reflecting stronger VAT and CIT, reduced trade revenues—trends since early 1980s


From the board paper

From the Board Paper

  • Taxation is about more than revenue: efficiency, fairness, ‘state building’

  • Fairness matters both in itself and for sustainability of tax regime

    • Assessing it can be hard: Who really pays the corporate tax?

    • And needs to be considered jointly with spending side—could do better

    • Taxing elites important and hard


Tax for development can the imf and g20 help mobilize more domestic resources

  • State building: Yes, but what’s different?

  • ‘Informality’ not the best way to think of the problem—focus on non-compliance

  • Beware ‘fads’—this is a hard slog

  • Institutions matter: Transparency and tax policy units

  • Political will not enough unless sustained


Tax for development can the imf and g20 help mobilize more domestic resources

Paper doesn’t cover resource taxation, but:


G20 request

G20 request

Seeks reflections on:

  • Overcoming capacity constraints

  • Knowledge platform and South-South cooperation

  • Take stock of IO’s actions

  • Measures to track administrative progress

  • Transfer pricing

    Responses will draw on IMF conferences in Nairobi and (this weekend) DC; comments invited online.


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