Revenue Administration : Managing the Shadow Economy

Author/Editor:

Barrie Russell

Publication Date:

July 29, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This technical note focuses on the concept of a shadow economy and explains its main characteristics. Although a shadow economy is acknowledged by all G-20 countries as a major and enduring revenue risk, by its nature the size of a shadow economy is difficult to measure. Sweden, however, estimates that at least half of its total tax gap is attributable to a shadow economy. This note explains what action should revenue agencies take to manage a shadow economy. The most recent initiatives to manage a shadow economy are also described.

Series:

Technical Notes and Manuals No. 2010/14

English

Publication Date:

July 29, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781462355587/2075-8669

Stock No:

TNMEA2010014

Price:

$10.00 (Academic Rate:$10.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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