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Workshop on Tax-Customs Interaction Beirut, Lebanon August 26-28, 2014 The Importance of Improving Revenue Administration Enhancing Interaction and Coordination.

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1 Workshop on Tax-Customs Interaction Beirut, Lebanon August 26-28, 2014 The Importance of Improving Revenue Administration Enhancing Interaction and Coordination Between Tax and Customs Administrations

2 Tax:GDP Ratios (%), 2012 Selected Countries – Middle East, GCC and Europe Middle EastGCCEurope Egypt15.8Kuwait1.5Austria43.4 Jordan21.1Oman2.0Belgium46.8 Lebanon14.4Qatar2.2France44.6 Sudan6.3Saudi Arabia5.3Germany40.6 Yemen7.1UAE1.4UK39.0 Unweighted average Source: The Heritage Foundation

3 Gross Government Debt:GDP Ratios (%) 2012 Middle EastGCCEurope Egypt80.2Kuwait7.29Austria73.7 Jordan79.6Oman6.12Belgium99.6 Lebanon139.5Qatar37.8France90.3 Sudan97.6Saudi Arabia3.6Germany82.0 Yemen46.7UAE17.6UK90.3 Unweighted average Source: The Heritage Foundation

4 Debt:Tax Ratios RegionGross Debt:Tax RatioNet Debt:Tax Ratio Middle East GCC5.8(-) Europe Government Debt stands at a significantly less sustainable level in the METAC region than elsewhere in the Middle East and Europe But increased Government expenditure will be required to finance development initiatives

5 Redressing the Imbalance This situation can be improved through:  Reducing Government spending – but there are limits to what can be achieved  Economic growth – but this will require increased investment, and time  Fiscal regime – but raising rates will not be a sustainable option  Efficient and effective revenue administration, resulting in higher levels of compliance

6 Taxpayer Compliance  Non-compliant taxpayer behavior is not selective  A taxpayer who is high-risk for one tax type will probably be high-risk for all tax types  Systems, organizational models and working practices that facilitate a single view of the taxpayer are essential to effective compliance management

7 Tax – Customs Interaction  Tax and Customs Revenue functions are closely related  The effective exchange of information and coordination of activities will benefit both functions  Obstacles to achieving better integration exist, but it will be worth identifying and addressing them

8 Thank You Middle East Regional Technical Assistance Center International Monetary Fund Charles Jenkins Revenue Administration Advisor Tel: Ext. 294 Mobile: Website:


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