Start Date: 24th September 2020 - 3:00 PM
End Date: 25th September 2020 - 8:20 PM
Location: Online only - Please see above for details on how to watch this event online.
Together with the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Skatteforsk), Columbia University, OTPR - Office of Tax Policy Research and University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the IFS TaxDev programme is organizing a conference on taxing personal income and wealth in developing countries. It will be held online on Thursday 24th September and Friday 25th September.
This conference will bring together leading researchers and policymakers to discuss recent research on taxing personal income and wealth with relevance for developing countries. The keynote address will be delivered by Wojciech Kopczuk, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Individual income taxes are a major source of government revenue in high-income countries, and the primary tool for redistribution via the tax system. In lower-income countries, however, taxing individual income and wealth can be challenging. Many individuals in the lower part of the income distribution operate outside of the formal sector, while those in the upper part of the distribution often have diverse sources of non-wage income that can be de jure or de facto untaxed. These challenges can lead to a critical shortfall in government revenue, hampering the state’s ability to fund essential development programs and reduce inequalities.
The conference will be hosted by the World Bank Group in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Office of Tax Policy Research at the Michigan Ross School of Business, and Columbia University.