ICTD CEO Wilson Prichard’s blog “Freetown just implemented a new tax system that could quintuple revenue” co-authored with Abou Bakarr Kamara and Niccoló Meriggi was published as a top story on African Arguments. It was also republished to AllAfrica.
The ICTD’s CEO Wilson Prichard was interviewed for Bloomberg Tax’s article “Countries Seek New Revenue Sources to Pay for Virus Relief”. He is quoted arguing for expanding the enforcement of existing taxes, particularly on property, in order to finance pandemic response and recovery. Read his related blog “To respond to Covid-19, African governments should prioritise taxing the rich”.
ICTD Research Associate Rasmus Corlin Christensen was interviewed by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s TV news programme “Deadline” about how the Covid-19 crisis amplifies issues of globalisation, including tax havens. He spoke about recent controversies over tax havens and flags of convenience used in the shipping industry, and how the pandemic is underscoring their negative impacts. Watch the segment in Danish here (starting around 21:15).
ICTD CEO Wilson Prichard’s blog “To help respond to Covid-19, African governments should prioritise taxing the rich” was republished by the African Arguments blog series Debating Ideas and AllAfrica.
Senior Fellow Mick Moore’s blog “How can African tax collectors help cope with the economic impacts of Covid-19” was republished by the African Arguments blog series Debating Ideas and AllAfrica.
ICTD researcher Vanessa van den Boogaard’s blog “Fill the gaps, feel the pain: Insights from Sierra Leone on an epidemic’s impact on local taxation, public services, and the poor” was republished by the African Arguments blog series Debating Ideas and AllAfrica.
On April 16th, ICTD Research Fellows Max Gallien and Vanessa van den Boogaard hosted a virtual roundtable on Covid-19 and the informal economy, with speakers Kate Meagher, Rachel Moussie, Umair Javed, and Gerard McCarthy. Tax Notes wrote an article summarising the discussion here.
ICTD Research Fellow Max Gallien wrote an op-ed for Middle East Eye, “How coronavirus threatens North Africa’s informal workers“. Read his related blog co-written with Vanessa van den Boogaard “To fight Covid-19, only the formal economy is getting tax breaks. The informal economy may be asked to foot the bill“.
ICTD researcher Rasmus Corlin Christensen spoke to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and was quoted in their article, “Crumbling Economies Must Tackle Tax Evasion To Meet Coronavirus Crisis, Experts Warn“.
Ahead of the OECD’s Inclusive Framework plenary in Paris, we published a policy brief by Martin Hearson and a working paper by Solomon Rukundo. Tax Notes covered Solomon Rukundo’s working paper on “Addressing the Challenges of Taxation of the Digital Economy: Lessons for African Countries”, in their news story on January 29. Read the article here.
The Economist article “African governments are trying to collect more tax” mentions our research on effective corporate tax rates in Ethiopia and our research on taxing wealthy individuals in Uganda. Read the article here. Read the brief of the Ethiopia research here and the brief on lessons from the Uganda Revenue Authority on taxing high net worth individuals here.