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Challenges for the Design of a Sustainable Tax System

Stephen Matthews


October 10th, 2013, 13:15 – 15:00

WIFO, Objekt 20, Arsenal


 “In the past year or so issues of taxpayer compliance have increasingly been on the agendas of not only Finance Ministers, but also Heads of Government. Initiatives to tackle international tax planning by Multi-National Enterprises (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) and proposals to develop a truly global model for the automatic exchange of information for tax purposes have been endorsed by the G20, as well as other international bodies.

The design of tax systems is also crucial if adequate revenues are to be raised over the medium term in the face of challenges such as globalisation, climate change and ageing populations, while supporting inclusive growth, high employment and an equitable income distribution. This lecture will review trends in the structure of tax regimes and discuss the future direction of tax policy and administration needed to respond to these challenges.”



Stephen Matthews is Chief Tax Economist and Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division at the OECD. He was previously a senior official in the Treasury and H.M. Revenue and Customs in the UK, providing analysis and advice on a wide range of macroeconomic and international issues, as well as tax policy. undefinedDownload the presentation.

Commentary by Margit Schratzenstaller

Senior Researcher at Austrian Institute of Economic Research


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