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To Pay or Not to Pay? Citizens' Views on Taxation by Local Authorities in Tanzania

"Widespread tax evasion evidenced by persistent public resistance to pay is seen as part of the problem of raising local government revenues in Tanzania. Based on data from a citizen's survey, this paper highlights factors impacting on tax complia...

What Have We Learned About Tax Compliance in Africa?

Governments’ abilities to collect taxes, largely depend on people’s willingness to pay them. The authorities should firstly have a careful comprehension of how taxpayers think about and experience taxation, before they can encourage tax compliance...

Unlocking the Potential of Administrative Data in Africa: Tax Compliance and Progressivity in Rwanda

This paper looks at tax compliance using administrative data from Rwanda. It discusses the use of administrative data for tax research – specifically anonymized taxpayers records, which have become increasingly available on the African continent. ...

Tax Compliance: Africans Affirm Civic Duty but Lack Trust in Tax Department

In any economy, balancing expenditures, revenues, and debts is a delicate and often politicized task. Competing interests and priorities buffet those tasked with planning a viable and stable national budget. For any state, taxes raised from indi...

Communicating to Improve Compliance: Taxpayers’ Feedback on Message and Mode of Delivery in Rwanda

The journey started gradually for the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), from coercion to persuasion to drive tax compliance. This is shown in the mission and core value statements that underpin the tax administration’s activities in service delivery...

Tax and Gender in Developing Countries: What are the Issues?

Encouraging tax compliance demands a careful understanding of how taxpayers think about and experience taxation. Knowledge about taxpayer attitudes and behaviour is essential when analyzing opportunities and constraints for reform, and for the des...

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Field Experiment on the Drivers of Tax Compliance and Delivery Methods in Rwanda

The literature in this report focused exclusively on high and middle-income countries. This paper begins to fill this gap by reporting on the results of a tax field experiment in Rwanda, while also focusing on some characteristics that may be comm...

The Carrot and the Stick: Evidence on Voluntary Tax Compliance from a Pilot Field Experiment in Rwanda

Key findings from a pilot field experiment on tax compliance, is discussed in this paper. A key objective of the paper, is to provide lessons learned on implementing this type of study in low-income countries, and reporting initial econometric re...

From the Lab to the Field: a Review of Tax Experiments

In recent years, tax experiments have been gaining momentum and with new developments in methods and data availability, tax experiments have gradually moved away from lab settings and towards the field. This movement from the lab to the field has ...

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