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Tax Task Force Meeting, New York City 2005

March 30, 2005 - March 30, 2005
Columbia University   New York City, New York, United States

Our Tax Task Force met for the first time in December 2004 to discuss tax policy from a developing country perspective. Observed tax policies in the poorest countries differ sharply both from those in richer countries, and from those recommended by existing models of optimal tax policy.


The purpose of the Task Force is not to resolve the issues or tell countries what they should do, but to ensure that countries have access to a comprehensive catalogue of the theory and evidence that underlies each central issue. The participants in this initiative are not being asked to try to arrive at a consensus concerning what should be done, but only a consensus that the major issues have been comprehensively and fairly laid out. Ultimately, the Task force will publish a book written for policymakers in developing countries on alternatives in tax policy.

Our second meeting held at Columbia University in March 2005, provided a forum for tax practitioners from Brazil, Argentina, India, Korea, Peru, Pakistan, Ecuador, and Poland to discuss tax reform with top academics. Task force members presented a model for examining the impact of reforms undertaken by developing countries, and explored the ways this model could be used to better understand tax policy in each country. The task force is currently in the process of commissioning papers to be written jointly by academics and practitioners.

Event Information

Type Meetings
Program Tax