Tax Farming : A Radical Solution for Developing Country Tax Problems?

Author/Editor:

Peter Stella

Publication Date:

September 1, 1992

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Summary:

Systemic tax administration problems in many developing countries have led to a search for radical solutions. One such proposed solution is tax farming. Tax farming is a system wherein the right to collect taxes is auctioned off to the highest bidder. An analysis of the historical experience with tax farming shows that its purported administrative efficiency is largely illusory. While certain aspects of tax administration may be suitable for privatization, the classic form of tax farming would appear to have little attraction for a modern state concerned with justice and equity.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/70

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 1993.

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451960327/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0701992

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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