This Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes on Data Module on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia reviews assessment by agency and dataset. The mission has a set of recommendations for Macedonia’s statistical practices, on discussions with the data-producing agencies and on responses from data users. They are designed to increase further FYR Macedonia’s adherence to internationally accepted statistical practices and would, in the mission’s view, enhance the analytical usefulness of FYR Macedonia’s statistics.
Statistical agencies worldwide are increasingly turning to new data sources, including administrative data, to improve statistical coverage. Administrative data can significantly enhance the quality of national statistics and produce synergies with tax administration and other government agencies, supporting better decision making, policy advice, and economic performance. Compared to economic censuses and business surveys, administrative data are less burdensome to collect and produce more timely, detailed, and accurate data with better coverage. This paper specifically explores the use of value added tax and income tax records to enhance the compilation of national accounts statistics.