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Gender, poverty and taxation

an overview of a multi-country study of gender taxation

Imraan Valodia


Analysts concerned about poverty have paid little, if any, attention to the taxation system and the manner in which taxes and tax policies impact on the gendered nature of poverty Drawing on a three-year eight-country study this paper outlines why gender activists should be concerned about the revenue side of the budget, shares the conceptual approach, methodology and some of the research findings of the study, and highlights key policy issues flowing from the research. The project found that income taxes continued to be biased against women. Somewhat against expectations, because these were carefully designed, value-added taxes in all of the countries studied that did not appear to place an undue burden on poor women.

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Conference Paper

Ten Years of War Against Poverty Conference Papers

Conference: Ten Years of War Against Poverty


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