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Reformulating the Tax Incentive Program in Jordan: Analysis and Recommendations

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  • Duanjie Chen


    (University of Toronto)

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    The paper summarizes the main weaknesses of Jordan’s current incentive program. Because of these weaknesses, Jordan’s long history of investment incentives has proven not to attract significant capital investment in areas favored by government. Instead, these measures have simply eroded the base for tax revenue. The paper compares Jordan to its major competitors for foreign investment with the region, namely Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)/Dubai. The paper makes four recommendations which seek to eliminate the tax distortions of current investment incentives, maintain Jordan’s tax competitiveness in the region, remove unnecessary administrative and compliance costs, and improve the government’s capacity to generate revenue. These recommendations are consistent with the anticipated, comprehensive tax reform that will lead to a fully modernized tax system in Jordan.

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    Paper provided by International Tax Program, Institute for International Business, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in its series International Tax Program Papers with number 0412.

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    Length: 71 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2004
    Date of revision: Sep 2004
    Handle: RePEc:ttp:itpwps:0412
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