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Land and Property Tax: A Policy Guide

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Land and Property Tax: A Policy Guide

Land and Property Tax: A Policy Guide is a companion for government officials and land and property professionals seeking to understand how to establish a viable and vibrant land-based taxation system. Using various examples, alternatives and illustrations around the World, the Guide provides a compelling case for generating local revenue through land and its improvements. In the Guide, you will find answers to questions such as ‘why land and property taxes are often an important source of local revenue, what the options are for designing and sustaining a land-based tax system, and what needs to be considered in their implementation’?

The Guide presents a step-by-step approach to implementing a range of land and property taxation policies, strategies, tools and instruments. It provides various taxation alternatives that can be adapted to local contexts and local and central authorities’ capacities. The Guide will be a valuable resource for local, sub-national and national government officials, community leaders, researchers, urban planners, international and national urban consultants working on land and property taxation, urban land market, urban economies, and land-based finance mainly in developing countries and emerging economies.

Year: 2011

Principal author: Lawrence Walters

Contributors: Remy Sietchiping and Solomon Haile

Editing and layout: Roman Rollnick, Eirik Sorlie, Remy Sietchiping and Paul Odhiambo

Sponsors: Norwegian Government and the Swedish International Development Cooperation

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