Connect with IMF Institute

RA-GAP - Tax Gap Analysis (VGAPX)

Deadline passed

Session No.: OL 19.119

Location: Course conducted online

Date: October 17, 2019 - April 30, 2020 (5 weeks) New dates

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    All government officials are welcome to register. The course is particularly relevant for officials in ministries of finance and revenue administration involved in revenue performance analysis. The course is offered in English.

    Back to top


    Participants are expected to have an intermediate familiarity with government finances, value-added tax (VAT) design, and national accounts. Intermediate Excel skills and access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection with Google Chrome web browser is essential.

    Back to top

    Course Description

    This online course, presented by the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, provides instruction on how to prepare and execute the Revenue Administration Gap Analysis Program (RA-GAP) universal VAT gap model. The course focuses on four main pillars: what is the VAT gap; how the VAT gap is measured by the IMF RA-GAP; how to prepare the worksheets to execute the IMF RA-GAP VAT gap model; and how to troubleshoot the IMF RA-GAP VAT gap model after execution.

    Back to top

    Course Objectives

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

    • Explain the different components of the IMF RA-GAP VAT gap model
    • Prepare and update the worksheets and data inputs for the model.
    • Interpret the results from the model.
    • Diagnose data errors that might affect the result.

    Back to top

    Important Note for Online Courses

    For Online Learning (OL) courses, which are delivered through the edX platform, you will need an additional piece of information to register: you will be prompted for your username. If you do not already have a username, please go to and sign up for a free account. Once you have created an account, you may complete the IMF Institute application. If you already have an edX account, your username can be found on the top right of the screen after logging in.

    Back to top

    Apply Now - Application deadline approaching:

    IMF offers online training to government officials and public. Click Learn more to find our current offerings.

    Virtual - Financial Sector Surveillance (FSS)

    English, November 2-6, 2020, Vienna, Austria

    Apply online by September 20, 2020

    Virtual - Financial Development and Financial Inclusion (FDFI)

    English, November 16-27, 2020, Singapore, Singapore

    Apply online by September 21, 2020

    Virtual - Economic Issues in Regional Integration (ERI)

    English (French), October 12-23, 2020, Ebene, Mauritius

    Apply online by September 23, 2020

    Virtual - Fiscal Frameworks (FF)

    English (French), October 26, 2020 - November 6, 2020, Ebene, Mauritius

    Apply online by September 23, 2020