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Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations, International Monetary Fund, Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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This guide is part of a series of Virtual Training to Advance Revenue Administration (VITARA) reference guides that has been developed based on the contents of the VITARA online modules. This reference guide focuses on tax administration reform programs. It explains why reforms are important for tax administrations, and how a tax administration can successfully plan and manage the reform process. It also details who should be involved in a reform, and what management and governance arrangements are needed to ensure reforms are delivered on time, within budget, and of acceptable quality. The guide provides practical guidance to project managers on how to prepare and execute a project plan, outlining the five key phases of a project and the planning documentation required. The guide succinctly presents proven management practices applied by tax administrations across the world in managing their reform programs.

Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations, International Monetary Fund, Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations, and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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This guide is part of a series of Virtual Training to Advance Revenue Administration (VITARA) reference guides that has been developed based on the contents of the VITARA online modules. This reference guide provides practical advice and tips to ensure tax administration reforms are delivered successfully. The guide reviews tools and methods available in the areas of planning, monitoring, and reporting reform programs and projects, risk management, change control, and resolution of issues. It also elaborates on approaches required to resource the reform program with adequate funds, skilled people, information technology, and other assets, and how to manage different tensions that may arise in the process. The guide also helps tax administrations understand what advance preparations are required for upcoming changes and the support mechanisms that need to be in place for successful change management. The guide ends with a chapter on post-implementation evaluation.

International Monetary Fund, International Labour Office, Statistical Office of the European Communities, United Nations, World Bank, and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

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The Consumer Price Index Manual: Concepts and Methods contains comprehensive information and explanations on compiling a consumer price index (CPI). The Manual provides an overview of the methods and practices national statistical offices (NSOs) should consider when making decisions on how to deal with the various problems in the compilation of a CPI. The chapters cover many topics. They elaborate on the different practices currently in use, propose alternatives whenever possible, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. The primary purpose of the Manual is to assist countries in producing CPIs that reflect internationally recommended methods and practices.

Kwangwon Lee

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The Quarterly National Accounts Manual (the Manual) provides conceptual and practical guidance for compiling quarterly national accounts (QNA) statistics. The Manual offers a comprehensive review of data sources, statistical methods, and compilation techniques to derive official estimates of quarterly GDP. The new edition—which upgrades the first edition, published in 2001—improves and expands the previous content based on recent methodological advances, best country practices, and suggestions received from QNA compilers and experts.

International Monetary Fund, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations, and Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations

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This book is the first in a series of Virtual Training to Advance Revenue Administration (VITARA) reference guides that has been developed based on the contents of the VITARA online modules. This reference guide focuses on how a tax administration can benefit from the application of strategic management: the process of setting long–term objectives, implementing initiatives to achieve them, and measuring their success. Strategic management is a critical planning, communication, and management discipline. A strategically managed tax administration is forward looking and is equipped to respond to challenges arising from a continually changing external environment. This guide is divided into five chapters highlighting key concepts, processes, and good practices relating to the strategic management of a tax administration.