Research for improved tax revenue collection in Africa: International Centre for Tax and Development holds annual meeting in Uganda

Oct 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— The first action area of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development is mobilising domestic public resources. Described as “critical to achieving the sustainable development goals,” the countries of the General Assembly committed to “enhancing revenue administration through modernized, progressive tax systems, improved tax policy and more efficient tax collection.”
Key to raising increased tax revenue in an equitable manner that is conducive to economic growth and good governance is rigorous research that can inform both policy and practice. This is the mission of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), a global policy research network devoted to improving the quality of tax policy and administration in developing countries, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

A highly valuable source of information is the administrative tax data that revenue administrations hold. Recently, the ICTD has collaborated with African revenue authorities in Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia to make use of this data for pioneering research on tax progressivity, taxpayer communications, and voluntary compliance, including conducting Africa’s first large-scale tax experiment. These research partnerships resulted in policy-relevant findings, increased tax revenue, improved administrative processes, and enhanced research capacity within the revenue authorities.

From October 16-18, The ICTD is holding its annual meeting in association with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in Entebbe. The theme of the meeting is “Using Research to Improve Revenue Collection in Africa”. The programme will cover a range of tax issues pertinent to Africa including tax treaties, transfer pricing, property taxation, tobacco taxation, gender and tax, the links between taxation and accountability, taxing wealthy individuals, and the role of technologies in increasing tax compliance.

The keynote address will be delivered by Henry Saka, the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes of the URA, who will discuss “Why Tax Administrations Should Consider a Public Sector Office.

The opening session and keynote speech from Henry Saka, will be broadcast live on Facebook at 9am East African Time: https://www.facebook.com/ICTDTax/

On October 19th, the ICTD will host the African Tax Administrator’s Research Day, during which nine members of revenue administrations from across the continent will present their research in progress and receive constructive feedback from the ICTD network.

The ICTD is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is based at the Institute of Development Studies.

Media enquiries can be directed to Sarah King s.king@ids.ac.uk 

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #ICTDEntebbe @ICTDTax @URAuganda 

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