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    Using internal and external sources of information to reduce customs evasion

    C. Chalendard / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2017
    This paper aims to identify some factors that reduce evasion of customs duties in developing countries. Following the recent literature on customs evasion, this paper proxys customs fraud by discrepancies in bilateral trade statistics. Estimates first show that the more frequently a product is imported, the more customs fraud reduces.
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    Improving the performance of natural resource taxation in developing countries

    M. Durst / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2016
    This paper explores the administrative challenges posed to developing countries as a result of the increasing emphasis in fiscal regimes for natural resource extraction since the Second World War on income-based taxes, including both corporate income and resource rent taxes, as opposed to royalties.
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    Communicating to improve compliance: taxpayers’ feedback on message and mode of delivery in Rwanda

    D. Mukama, J. Karangwa, N. Hakizimana / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2017
    The journey from coercion to persuasion to drive tax compliance started gradually for the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA). This is shown in the mission and core value statements that underpin the tax administration’s activities in service delivery and trade facilitation.
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    One size does not fit all: a field experiment on the drivers of tax compliance and delivery methods in Rwanda

    G. Mascagni, C. Nell, N. Monkam / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2017
    Although field experiments in tax compliance represent a growing area of research, the literature has so far focussed exclusively on high and middle-income countries. This paper starts to fill this gap by reporting the results of a tax field experiment in Rwanda, while also highlighting some characteristics that may be common to other low-income countries.
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    The carrot and the stick: evidence on voluntary tax compliance from a pilot field experiment in Rwanda

    G. Mascagni, C. Nell, N. Monkam, D. Mukama / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2016
    Large-scale field experiments on tax compliance have been a thriving field of research in many regions of the world. However, Africa is still lagging behind, as administrative data from anonymised returns is available only in a handful of countries. To the best of our knowledge, there is as yet no published evidence of a tax field experiment from Africa.
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    Unlocking the potential of administrative data in Africa: tax compliance and progressivity in Rwanda

    G. Mascagni, N. Monkam, C. Nell / International Centre for Tax and Development, 2016
    This paper is the first in a series of three studies looking at tax compliance using administrative data from Rwanda. It discusses the use of administrative data for tax research – specifically anonymised taxpayers records, which have become increasingly available on the African continent.


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