This volume contains a stimulating collection of analytical studies focusing on taxation in Mozambique. It tells a compelling story about tax systems in a low income economy increasingly integrated into the world trading system, but very much dependent on foreign trade taxes and international development assistance.
Key issues covered include:
- A better understanding of the historical background of tax reforms in a representative African economy (Mozambique) along with an assessment of taxation performance in a comparative perspective.
- Insights into the practice and implications of tax policy, both from the perspective of the consumer and the firm level.
- Discussion of the existing institutional set up in which tax policy and its enforcement operate and analyses of current tax practices.
- Taxation themes at the border and at domestic level, which are typical for low-income economies, characterized by a high degree of reliance on foreign trade taxes.
This volume is meant as a guide for developing country government officials and professional aid practitioners as well as academics, researchers and tax policy analysts working in the development field. It will also be of interest to students of development with a special interest in public finance issues in poor countries and how to improve policy-effectiveness, including tax policy, in a developing country setting.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Taxation in retrospect 2. Household Survey Evidence 3. Enterprise Survey Evidence 4. Comparative Perspective 5. Institutional Design 6. VAT and External Aid 7. Macroeconomic Modelling: Process and Practice 8. Forecast Quality 9. Transmission of Prices From the Border to Domestic Markets 10. Empirics of Evasion 11. Mozambique and Regional Integration 12. Trade Policy Reform and Missing Revenue 13. Taxation and the Cost of Capital 14. Fiscal Treatment of Mega-Projects 15. Prospects for an Electricity Tax 16. VAT and Economy-Wide Modelling
Channing Arndt is Principal Economist for The Ministry of Planning and Development in Mozambique and Finn Tarp is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark