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Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV)

The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the IFS aims to contribute to more effective tax policy making in low- and middle-income countries through applied research and policy analysis and a focus on improving the analytical capacity of partner governments. TAXDEV is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID).

The centre's work programme consists of two main components.

  • The first involves working with governments and other stakeholders in Ethiopia and Ghana – to co-produce modelling tools and analyses of the key tax and benefit policy and administration issues that these countries face. 

Find out more about TAXDEV and its programme of work.

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The Department for International Development (DFID) has renewed funding for the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) until November 2022. TAXDEV is based at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and aims to contribute to more effective tax and social protection policy-making in low- a...
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Ration shops allow households to purchase limited quantities of certain goods at subsidised prices, and are used by governments in a numbre of low and middle income countries. In a new IFS working paper, Lucie Gadenne shows theoretically that such systems can be better for household welfare than a u...
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In the UK, the IFS plays a leading role in informing the public debate and scrutinising government and opposition tax and spending policy decisions and proposals. David Phillips, an Associate Director at the IFS who works in both the TAXDEV centre and on devolved and local government, explained this...
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This week, Ghana's Ministry of Finance has organised and run a training workshop for civil servants from the Ministry and the Revenue Authority on GHATAX, the microsimulation model built by the IFS's TAXDEV team for Ghana. The model, built in conjunction with Ministry staff, allows analysts to exami...
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As in many high income countries, developing countries often exempt or apply reduced rates of VAT to food and other goods and services in an effort to limit the impacts of VAT on poorer households' cost of living. But with richer households often consuming far more of these goods in absolute terms, ...
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Our partners from the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance joined us in London for the TAXDEV Policy Conference on March 23rd, where they presented our joint work, and discussed some of the key tax policy issues facing Ghana. While they were here they also took part in video interviews to explain how our jo...
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Low and middle income countries (LMICs) face particular challenges in designing and implementing efficient and equitable tax systems. IFS researchers and partners from LMIC governments presented ongoing research and collaborative policy analysis aimed at helping this process at the TAXDEV policy con...
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Researchers from IFS TAXDEV were in Accra on 7th March 2018 for an event hosted by the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF). The event was a chance to present ongoing work on tax policy analysis that is being undertaken in collaboration with the MoF and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and to get fee...
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Analysts from the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Revenue Authority (GRA) have completed a two week visit to the London offices of the IFS. The main purpose of this visit was the completion of the second round of training on the GHATAX tax and benefit microsimulation model. This model uses ho...
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India Keable-Elliott from the IFS's TAXDEV recently delivered remote training on data management and analysis to partners at the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC). The objectives of the training were to support our partners to further develop their familiarity with MS Ex...
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On 1st of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA). Laura introduced IFS' work to support evidence-based tax policy and administration design in t...
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On 1 of September of 2017, Laura Abramovsky spoke at the HMRC's International Tax Training Programme, which is a flagship programme run by HMRC on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Advisors (CATA). Laura showcased the role of IFS and TAXDEV work in facilitating evidence-based tax policy ...
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Researchers from the DfID-funded Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the IFS have completed their most recent trip to Ghana’s Ministry of Finance as part of our collaborative research and capacity development programme. During this visit (7th to 11th August), as well as...
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Researchers from the Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) are collaborating with the recently established Tax Policy Directorate (TPD) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MOFEC) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethio...
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On 25thMay 2017 The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) hosted a research workshop on the taxation of businesses in low- and middle-income countries, attended by academics and policy makers from Europe, North and South America and Africa. Professor Michael Devereux delivered the...
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On 25 May 2017 The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) hosted a research workshop on the taxation of businesses in low- and middle-income countries, attended by academics and policy makers from Europe, North and South America and Africa. Professor Michael Devereux delivered the ...
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Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng, visited IFS on Friday 5 May 2017 to discuss our partnership and ongoing work programme with the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). Deputy Minister Kwarteng was joined by Kofi Nti (Commissioner General of the GRA...
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Today marks the start of the new Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV) at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Funded by a 26 month accountable grant from the Department for International Development (DfID), TAXDEV will coordinate and conduct a programme of research, policy analysis,...