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14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Reaping the benefits of macroeconomic consolidation

Despite the current problems related to the global financial and economic crisis, ongoing macroeconomic adjustment continues to bear fruit. Attainment of the primary budget surplus targets has delivered falling public debt-to-GDP ratios since 2003. Prudent debt management has reduced refinancing risk and external vulnerabilities. The forward looking conduct of monetary policy within a framework combining inflation targeting with a

14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Looking beyond the global financial and economic crisis towards sustained growth

Brazil’s economic fundamentals have improved considerably in the ten years following the abandonment of exchange rate management in 1999 and adoption of a policy framework combining inflation targeting, rules based fiscal management and a flexible exchange rate. The economy is therefore weathering the effects of the unfolding global financial and economic crisis rather well, and an incipient recovery is getting under way. The policy

2-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Austria 2009: Medium-term fiscal policy challenges

Significant fiscal consolidation will be needed after the recession. The authorities should improve the spending and tax structure, efficiency of public spending and continue with fiscal federalism reforms

2-July-2008

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Guidance Note - Monitoring Taxpayers’ Compliance: A Practical Guide Based on Revenue Body Experience

National revenue bodies play a critical role in the workings of Government, responsible for collecting the vast bulk of revenue required to fund the services Governments are expected to deliver. Achieving high and improved levels of compliance with tax laws is central to meeting Government revenue targets, and in turn the level of services that can be provided. This guidance note provides practical guidance to national revenue bodies

1-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Slovenia 2009: Restoring a sustainable growth path within the monetary union

Slovenia achieved strong economic growth leading to a marked catch up with the EU15 during the last decade. This dynamic growth has been interrupted by the global recession, adversely affecting Slovenian exports and banks’ refinancing possibilities. As the economy recovers, efforts to achieve real convergence need to be renewed.

1-July-2008

English

Economic Survey of Slovenia 2009: Keeping public finances on a sustainable path and improving efficiency

Slovenia belongs to the group of new EU member countries, which have given a high priority to fiscal prudence. This both stabilised the economy and paved the way for entry to the EU in 2004 and adoption of the euro in 2007. It also created room to counteract the current weakening of the economy. But fiscal policy has to cope with four main challenges: i) ensuring a return to fiscal consolidation after the current economic downturn;

1-July-2008

English

Second Consultation Paper on Applying Value Added Taxes to Cross-border Supplies of Services and Intangibles

Second Consultation Paper on Applying Value Added Taxes to Cross-border Supplies of Services and Intangibles

1-July-2008

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APPLYING VAT/GST TO CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN SERVICES AND INTANGIBLES - EMERGING CONCEPTS FOR DEFINING PLACE OF TAXATION – SECOND CONSULTATION DOCUMENT

APPLYING VAT/GST TO CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN SERVICES AND INTANGIBLES - EMERGING CONCEPTS FOR DEFINING PLACE OF TAXATION – SECOND CONSULTATION DOCUMENT Invitation for comments JUNE 2008

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13-June-2008

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Working Paper 5: Promoting Performance: Using Indicators to Enhance the Effectiveness of Sub Central Spending

This report examines the use of indicator systems for measuring and monitoring the delivery of sub-central public services. Specifically, the report aims to assess if and how central governments use such systems, the critical choices they face when designing and implementing them, and the constraints under which the systems operate. Particular attention is given to the rationale for using indicators in the context of intergovernmental

26-May-2008

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Working Paper 6: Market Mechanisms in Sub-Central Public Service Provision

This paper compares and analyses the use of market mechanisms in core sub central policy areas, namely education, health care, transport, social protection, and environment. Arrangements like tendering, outsourcing, user choice and competition, user fees and performance-related funding can help to improve quality of service provision or lower its cost. With around 32% of total public expenditure and often wide-ranging spending powers,

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