Current and Proposed Non-Oil Tax System in Azerbaijan

 
Author/Editor: Zermeño Livas, Mayra Rebecca
 
Publication Date: September 01, 2008
 
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Summary: This paper analyzes developments in non-oil tax policy, administration, and revenues in Azerbaijan, and suggests measures for further improvement. The main finding is that Azerbaijan's non-oil tax revenues increased significantly as a share of non-oil GDP in the last five years, but remain below potential. The non-oil tax revenue shortfall is mainly due to widespread exemptions, but there is scope for strengthening tax and customs administration. In the short term, expanding the tax base and better tax and customs administration will yield more revenues. In the medium term, more far-reaching reforms including reducing some direct tax rates, should be considered. The overall reform package could be made broadly revenue neutral by improving taxpayers' compliance and reducing exemptions.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 08/225
Subject(s): Tax systems | Azerbaijan | Nonoil sector | Tax policy | Tax revenues | Customs administration | Tax reforms | Value added tax

Author's Keyword(s): Azerbaijan | non-oil taxation | non-oil tax policy | non-oil tax administration
 
English
Publication Date: September 01, 2008
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2008225 Pages: 19
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