Workshop on Tax Policy for Domestic Resource Mobilization and Seminar on Property Tax Reform | Asian Development Bank

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Workshop on Tax Policy for Domestic Resource Mobilization and Seminar on Property Tax Reform

Event | 20 - 23 February 2018 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan
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Governments’ ability to mobilize resources to pay for vital social services is at the heart of stimulating economic development. In this respect, domestic resource mobilization (DRM) can rightly become a development tool for generating revenues to support sustained and inclusive economic growth in developing countries. At the same time, it is essential to pay attention to property taxation to improve DRM because it provides a stable source of revenue for governments. Property taxes are less prone to cyclical swings during economic ups and downs. Taxation and property tax reforms are therefore important and urgent for developing countries.

However, generating greater domestic resources through taxation faces enormous challenges—tax avoidance is rampant, tax systems often no longer fit the intended purpose, tax collectors have considerable difficulty managing the resources they generate, or control over how these resources are spent is limited. All these demonstrate the need to enhance officials’ capacity to develop and implement sound tax policies.

This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for tax administrators from participating countries to discuss the scope for tax policy changes to increase domestic resource mobilization and to identify tax reform options in their own countries, particularly for property tax. This will include knowledge sharing of international best practices, evidence-based policy processes, reviewing taxes that are underutilized, and evaluating and monitoring tax incentives.

  • Promote discussion among government officials and experts, and share policy insights and country experiences related to the domestic resource mobilization and property tax reforms
  • Build the capacity of officials to design and implement innovative approaches to domestic resource mobilization and property tax reforms for sustainable economic development
  • 20 senior tax officials from 10 developing member countries: Lao PDR, Myanmar, and the 8 members of the Study Group on Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR), Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam
  • Experts from ADB and other international organizations
  • Shared knowledge on and experiences in responding to the challenge of domestic resource mobilization and property tax reforms
  • Enhanced regional coordination of national tax policies and administration
  • Good case examples of effective tax policies and programs in Asia
  • Technical information on tax administration
  • Presentation materials to be uploaded to the ADBI website
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Asian Development Bank’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), National Tax Agency Japan, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)