New Global Tax Expenditures Database

On 16 June, 2021, the Council on Economic Policies (CEP) and the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) officially launched the Global Tax Expenditures Database (GTED). The launch was accompanied by an online conference. David Bradbury, Head of Tax Policy and Statistics at the OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration, delivered the keynote address. After that one of the lead researchers of the project, Dr. Agustin Redonda, presented the key findings from the GTED Flagship Report. In the next part of the launch event, two panel discussions with representatives from the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Parliament, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as regional associations of tax authorities from Africa and Latin America took place. The discussions focused mainly on the roles the GTED could play in filling knowledge gaps about tax expenditures and in influencing public debates on tax reforms.

The GTED is the first global database that brings together official and publicly available data on tax expenditure that has been published by national governments since 1990. The GTED was set up by CEP and DIE in a project lasting several years and will be continuously updated. It aims at improving transparency on tax expenditures and at contributing to national and international tax reforms. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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