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Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers’ Experiences and Perceptions
  • Friday, 31 March 2017
  • Samuel Jibao, Wilson Prichard and Vanessa van den Boogaard

Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers’ Experiences and Perceptions

ICTD Working Paper 66 Summary: In low-income and post-conflict countries, and particularly in rural areas, citizens often pay a range of ‘taxes’ that differ substantially from statutory policies.…
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Communicating to Improve Compliance: Taxpayers’ Feedback on Message and Mode of Delivery in Rwanda
  • Thursday, 23 March 2017
  • Denis Mukama, John Karangwa and Naphtal Hakizimana

Communicating to Improve Compliance: Taxpayers’ Feedback on Message and Mode of Delivery in Rwanda

Summary: The journey from coercion to persuasion to drive tax compliance started gradually for the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA). This is shown in the mission and core value statements that underpin…
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The Political Economy of Long-Term Revenue Decline in Sri Lanka

The Political Economy of Long-Term Revenue Decline in Sri Lanka

ICTD Working Paper 65 Summary: From the 1950s to the 1980s, Sri Lankan governments collected a high proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in taxes. They spent most of that money on mass…
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Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Africa – Part 2: A Critique of Some Priority OECD Actions from an African Perspective

Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Africa – Part 2: A Critique of Some Priority OECD Actions from an African Perspective

ICTD Working Paper 64 Summary: In Part 2 of this article, the author continues her examination of the implications of the OECD’s Action Plan on Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting from an African…
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Transfer Pricing in Argentina 1932-2015
  • Thursday, 12 January 2017
  • Veronica Grondona and Andres Knobel

Transfer Pricing in Argentina 1932-2015

ICTD Working Paper 63 Summary: This document provides a review of the Argentine tax authority’s structure for dealing with transfer pricing in Argentina; a chronological review of the legislative…
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Using Internal and External Sources of Information to Reduce Customs Evasion

Using Internal and External Sources of Information to Reduce Customs Evasion

ICTD Working Paper 62 Summary: This paper aims to identify some factors that reduce evasion of customs duties in developing countries. Following the recent literature on customs evasion, we proxy…
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Linking taxation and social protection: Evidence on redistribution and poverty reduction in Ethiopia
  • Friday, 06 January 2017
  • Kalle Hirvonen, Giulia Mascagni and Keetie Roelen

Linking taxation and social protection: Evidence on redistribution and poverty reduction in Ethiopia

ICTD Working Paper 61 Summary: The reduction of poverty, and more recently inequality, are pressing concerns in many low- and middle-income countries, not in the least as a result of the Sustainable…
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Improving the Performance of Natural Resource Taxation in Developing Countries

Improving the Performance of Natural Resource Taxation in Developing Countries

ICTD Working Paper 60 Summary: This paper explores the administrative challenges posed to developing countries as a result of the increasing emphasis in fiscal regimes for natural resource extraction…
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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Field Experiment on the Drivers of  Tax Compliance and Delivery Methods in Rwanda
  • Friday, 27 January 2017
  • Giulia Mascagni, Christopher Nell and Nara Monkam

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Field Experiment on the Drivers of Tax Compliance and Delivery Methods in Rwanda

ICTD Working Paper 58 Summary: Although field experiments in tax compliance represent a growing area of research, the literature has so far focussed exclusively on high and middle-income countries.…
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The Carrot and the Stick: Evidence on Voluntary Tax Compliance from a Pilot Field Experiment in Rwanda
  • Friday, 04 November 2016
  • Giulia Mascagni, Christopher Nell, Nara Monkam and Denis Mukama

The Carrot and the Stick: Evidence on Voluntary Tax Compliance from a Pilot Field Experiment in Rwanda

ICTD Working Paper 57 Summary: Large-scale field experiments on tax compliance have been a thriving field of research in many regions of the world. However, Africa is still lagging behind, as…
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