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Technology and Tax During and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 27, 2020

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VIDEO May 27, 2020

Technology and Tax During and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic

Watch the replay of the Prosperity Collaborative's inaugural online event, held on May 27.


Public finance is not a typical frontline crisis management function. Yet in recent months, revenue management has been critical to the public sector response to the coronavirus pandemic. As governments provide their citizens with immediate economic support, public finance officials have accepted expanded responsibilities such as administering relief programs and adapting tax measures to protect vulnerable groups.

The Prosperity Collaborative’s inaugural online event shared strategies that can help tax bureaus manage the crisis and serve their constituents. Our first online panel will focus on how tax administrations can remain resilient and responsive to new demands during the pandemic. Our second online panel explores how innovative technology can help leaders in public finance build stronger, more effective institutions.

This event was hosted by the Prosperity Collaborative, a coalition of the World Bank, MIT, EY, the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative at New America, and the Boston Global Forum Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. We bring together a diverse set of leading organizations from the public sector, private sector, academia, and civil society to develop new open source technologies and digital public goods that will transform tax systems and enhance local capacity with an initial focus on emerging economies.

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  • 8:45 AM | Introduction
    Marcello Estevão, Global Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank

    9:00 AM │ The New Role of Tax Administrations in Pandemic Response

    • Moderator: Chiara Bronchi, Global Practice Manager, Fiscal Policy & Sustainable Growth, World Bank
    • Kate Barton, Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY
    • Dr. Terra Saidimu Leseeto, Commissioner for Intelligence & Strategic Operations (ISO) for the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
    • Raul Felix Junquera-Varela, Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank
    • Sandy Pentland, Professor, Connection Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    10:00 AM│ Using Technology to Make Tax Systems More Efficient and Crisis Responsive