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Can Pakistan Get Out of the Low Tax-to-GDP Trap?

  • Aisha Ghaus Pasha

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    (Institute of Public Policy, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan.)

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    This paper explores how Pakistan can get out of the low-tax-to-GDP trap and come close to achieving its revenue targets. Examining the trend factors influencing the trend in total and individual tax-to-GDP ratios over a period of twenty years, the paper concludes that partially successful and/or inappropriate tax reforms have put Pakistan in this trap. While highlighting that a period of economic slowdown may not be the best time to make a big push on resource mobilization, the paper presents a strategy which aims at not only enhancing tax revenues but also making the taxation structure more progressive, broad based and balanced.

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    Article provided by Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics in its journal Lahore Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2010)
    Issue (Month): Special Edition (September)
    Pages: 171-185

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    Handle: RePEc:lje:journl:v:15:y:2010:i:sp:p:171-185
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    1. Le, Tuan Minh & Moreno-Dodson, Blanca & Rojchaichaninthorn, Jeep, 2008. "Expanding taxable capacity and reaching revenue potential : cross-country analysis," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4559, The World Bank.
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