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Current Issues in Tax Law Design (TLWD)


Session No.: CT 18.12

Location: Dalian, China

Date: September 3-7, 2018 (1 week)

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Lawyers from member country ministries of finance and tax authorities involved with legal aspects of tax policy making or tax administration.
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    Participants should have five years of relevant work experience and a solid knowledge of fiscal and tax law.
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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the IMF Legal Department staff and outside experts, deals with current issues in designing and drafting tax law. It touches on a wide range of issues on the agendas of today’s tax policy makers, especially cross-border/international, base erosion and profit shifting, and avoidance of income and consumption taxes. Taking into account the Sub-Saharan African context, this course discusses the design of instruments to address those issues, including the tax challenges arising from digitalization. Also covered are other tax law design issues that can affect a country’s fiscal position, such as designing tax incentives and other specific regimes (e.g., natural resource taxation), developing an integrated and appropriate policy for the negotiation and entry into tax treaties, and improving the tax dispute resolution system to deal with arrears and to enhance tax certainty.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Explain the links between various aspects of fiscal law and their implications.
    • Identify key legal and current policy issues and best practice approaches to addressing them, such as through law reform.
    • Identify legal design approaches that have proven effective, based on cross-jurisdictional experiences shared by presenters and fellow participants.
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