The Tax Policy, Fiscal Analysis and Revenue Forecasting course exposes public sector finance officers and budget officials from developing and transition countries to the latest developments in tax policy design, fiscal analysis, and revenue forecasting.
Dates: August 10 – August 21, 2020
Application deadline: July 10, 2020
Late application deadline: July 24, 2020
In all countries fiscal analysis and revenue forecasting are essential to the smooth functioning of government. There is an important need for governments to identify and analyze the effects of existing and proposed tax laws on the dynamics of the economy and to develop in-house skills to carry out such analyses. Tax policy issues include changes in tax rates, tax bases, the introduction and elimination of taxes and their impact on revenue performance, as well as the efficiency and equity effects of the tax system. The revenue forecasting component of this course focuses on proven methodologies for forecasting revenue receipts in developing economies as well as micro-simulation models. Approximately one-half of the course time is conducted in a computer laboratory.
Participants apply principles learned in the course to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their country’s tax system. Additionally, participants receive hands-on training in applying the latest fiscal analysis and revenue forecasting techniques as well as a good grounding in the principles of tax policy design by leading international experts
Dates: August 10 – August 21, 2020
- Principals of taxation
- Tax administration and tax compliance
- Tax reform and implementation challenges
- Fiscal policy and fiscal architecture
- Overview and trends in: consumption taxes, excises, trade taxes, property taxes, income taxes, and taxes on wealth and assets
- Natural resource taxation
- Tax incidence analysis
- Learning about taxes through experiments
- Empirical techniques and models for forecasting revenue
- Regression analysis
- Micro-simulation models: estimating revenue from value added tax
- Using EViews for revenue forecasting
Tuition for the two-week course is $5,900. The tuition fee includes all training-related costs, including instruction, course materials, single-occupancy lodging accommodations, local transportation and cultural activities. However, the course tuition does not include airfare to/from Atlanta, health insurance, meals, or other incidental expenses. The estimated cost for meals and incidental expenses for Atlanta is $56 per day.
Participants are typically funded by their government (e.g., Ministry of Finance) or through bilateral or multilateral development agencies. The participant is responsible for securing a commitment for funding before submitting the application. Examples of multilateral development agencies are the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Follow this link for additional information regarding funding opportunities.
The hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia State campus and downtown Atlanta. The Andrew Young School makes hotel reservations on behalf of participants and room charges are included in the course tuition fee. Participants are generally assigned single-occupancy rooms with complimentary wireless high speed internet access.
A number of field trips and outings are planned for course participants providing an opportunity to interact with each other and with program instructors outside the classroom, while providing participants with a taste of local history and culture. These extracurricular activities include visits to relevant places of interest around the city of Atlanta. Transportation and entrance tickets are included in the tuition fee. Each participants will be provided with a CityPASS. With a CityPASS you can be admitted, free of charge, to the following attractions:
The Georgia Aquarium -located in downtown Atlanta across from Centennial Olympic Park- is the world’s largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 species from around the globe.
Tour the global headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System and visit the eateries and specialty stores. Guided tours are available through the CNN Studios in Atlanta.
See, hear and taste the magical story of Coca-Cola – the world’s most popular soft-drink – at World of Coca-Cola. It’s a truly unique experience that lets you celebrate the history, as well as sample the future of this incredible soft drink legend.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Amicalola Falls State Park and hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Georgia, Amicalola Falls. The enormous waterfall drops over 730 feet, cascading in multiple tiers of white water from a towering cliff in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest.
What’s more, participants will be taken on shopping excursions to some of Atlanta’s best outlet shopping malls. The Tanger Outlets and Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta are home to many brand name stores that sell at reduced prices.
Note that due to the length of time needed for the U.S. Government to process visas, it is highly recommended that you submit your training program application as soon as possible. Once your training program application is received, Georgia State University will be able to provide supporting documentation for the visa application process.
Cancellations made more than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed in full less the cost of the wire transfer. Cancellations made less than 30 business days before the beginning of the course will be reimbursed 60% of the total fee. This withholding is to cover the cost of the penalty fee paid to the hotel for cancelling the room and the costs incurred for the purchase training supplies.
Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any course up to 30 days before the beginning of the course based on projected participation.