International Monetary Fund

IMF Event

Tax Reform in the U.K. and the U.S.: Lessons from the Mirrlees Review

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Event Details

This event was open to the public.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: IMF Headquarters, Events Hall (HQ1-01-704), 720 19th St, NW, Washington, DC 20431

The Mirrlees review has already become a landmark in thinking about tax reform in advanced economies.

It presents recommendations for tax reform by a group of the world’s leading public finance economists which, while shaped for the U.K., have wider relevance to all advanced economies—including very prominently the U.S.—needing to address deep fiscal challenges while supporting growth and meeting wider social goals. The event presented, and provided an opportunity to discuss, the Review's new ideas on corporate and international taxation, the structure of the tax-benefits systems, VAT and environmental taxes, and a wide range of other tax issues.

Opening Remarks

David Lipton

First Deputy Managing Director, IMF


Paul Johnson

Institute for Fiscal Studies
Tax By Design: The Mirrlees Review PDF

James Poterba

Taxing Capital Income: Highlights from the Mirrlees Review PDF

Richard Blundell

University College, London and Institute for Fiscal Studies
Tax By Design: The Mirrlees Review - Earnings Taxation and Work Incentives PDF

Michael Keen

Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF
The Mirrlees Review: Some Issues and Lessons PDF


Carlo Cottarelli

Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF