Dominican Republic to Strengthen Tax Administration and Public Spending Management

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Thursday July 6, 2017 – The Dominican Republic will strengthen its tax administration and public resource management with a US$50 million investment loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

This programme will help reduce the country’s fiscal deficit in a sustainable fashion by raising tax revenues through improvements in administration and an increase in information and resources to help attain efficient cash management practices.

It will also contribute to boost up the tax administration efficiency of the General Directorate of Internal Revenues by implementing a series of steps to improve administration and human resources management, including changes in the country’s organizational structure, operational processes, and information systems and technological infrastructure.

Additionally, the programme will seek to reduce tax evasion, strengthen tax surveillance and transparency processes, and help improve services for taxpayers while cutting compliance costs. It will also fund initiatives aimed at improving macro-fiscal planning, cash management and public spending’s budget execution.

“An innovative contribution of the new program to the country’s tax administration is the introduction of electronic invoices for large taxpayers—a feature that will lead to a reduction in both bureaucratic procedures and tax dodging,” said IDB project team leader Belinda Pérez Rincón.

The project is expected to lead to a tax revenue increase of at least 0.5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by the end of the project’s life, which will be highly beneficial for the country, as it will free up more government resources to push forward public policies.

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