The IMF Working Papers series is designed to make IMF staff research available to a wide audience. Almost 300 Working Papers are released each year, covering a wide range of theoretical and analytical topics, including balance of payments, monetary and fiscal issues, global liquidity, and national and international economic developments.
The paper deals with the activities of Fund staff with taxation. It is made up of four parts. Part I outlines the connection between Fund major activities and taxation. Part II surveys general influences on Fund staff with implications for tax work. Part III outlines the relationship between Fund-supported programs and changes in tax systems. Part IV focuses on the structure, rather than the level, of taxation. It outlines in broad terms the prevalent thinking of Fund staff on the structure of taxation.