Tax Administration and Tax Policy Responses to COVID-19

Joint IMF (Fiscal Affairs Department) and TARC Conference

December 2-3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disrupting economies and society on a scale never witnessed before.  To protect lives and livelihoods and ensure business continuity, governments have implemented a plethora of relief measures, resulting in increased borrowing to unprecedented levels.  The pandemic has also played a catalyst role in driving digitalization in government, presenting new challenges and opportunities.  

This two-day virtual event will bring together practical experience from policymakers and frontier academic research by scholars. The event will focus on the lessons learned from the actions taken by governments to understand the role of the tax system in responding to a shock like COVID-19.

Full details of the conference programme are available here.

Register here.

Our speakers and panelists include some of the leading names in tax policy and administration, including:

Plenary Speakers:

Sir Tim Besley (LSE)
Edward Kieswetter (Commissioner, South African Revenue Services)
Modeste Mopa (Director General of Taxes, Cameroon)
Rivo Reitmann (Deputy Director General, Tax and Customs Board, Republic of Estonia)

For details of the other key speakers at the conference, please see the conference programme

Other Panelists:

Jimena Acedo (Technical Assistance Advisor, TADAT, IMF)
Michael Keen (Ushioda Fellow at Tokyo College, University of Tokyo)
Andy Morrison (Director, National Audit Office, UK)
Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan)
Rhoda Weeks-Brown (General Counsel and Director, Legal Department, IMF)


Debra Adams (Division Chief, FAD, IMF)
Vitor Gaspar (Director, FAD, IMF)
Nigar Hashimzade (TARC)
Christos Kotsogiannis (TARC)
Andrew Masters (Deputy Division Chief, FAD, IMF)
Matthew Rablen (TARC)
Ruud de Mooij (Assistant Director, FAD, IMF)