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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;
The financial crisis did not spare the French economy, which is facing a deep recession in 2009, even if the situation is less severe than elsewhere. Once the recovery begins, a priority will be to phase out the general government budget deficit but, given the already very heavy burden of taxes and compulsory contributions, public finance consolidation will require strict control over expenditures.
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This paper proposes a framework for projecting public health and long-term care expenditures. It considers demographic and other (non-demographic) drivers of expenditures. The paper extends demographic drivers by incorporating death-related costs and the health status of the population. Concerning health care, the projections incorporate income and the effects of technology cum relative prices. For long-term care, the effects of
The key challenge is to develop gradually its counter-cyclical role without jeopardizing sustainability.
In today’s globalised economy, mutual assistance in tax matters and in particular effective exchange of information, are essential for countries to maintain sovereignty over the application and enforcement of their tax laws and to ensure the correct application of tax conventions.
This report examines the role tax intermediaries play in the operation of tax systems and specifically to understand their role in “unacceptable tax minimisation arrangements” as well as to identify strategies for strengthening the relationship betweeen tax intermediaries and revenue bodies.
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This information note prepared by the Forum on Tax Administration provides further information on the systems of pre-filling personal tax returns operating successfully in Denmark and Sweden. (The Forum’s initial note on this topic was published in March 2006.)
‘Pre-filling’ is a concept that has come into prominence over the last 5-10 years following major advances in Nordic region countries and its adoption (to varying degrees) by
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Since 2001, OECD corporate net lending has risen sharply. This chapter examines various facets of corporate net lending with a view to understanding some of the main forces at play behind the recent run-up.
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The purpose of this guidance note is to promote thinking among revenue bodies on the development of a channel strategy, a set of actions intended to achieve optimal usage of the various means (i.e. channels) for delivering services to taxpayers. The note provides ideas on developing such a strategy, based largely on the experiences of selected revenue bodies.
The online Manual on Effective Mutual Agreement Procedures (MEMAP) makes available, to both tax administrators and taxpayers, basic information and best practices regarding the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP).