COVID-19: New IMF Notes on Fiscal Issues (Batch 3)


The IMF published on April 29, 2020 the following notes in its Special Series on COVID-19. The notes discuss PFM issues and other fiscal topics. The Special Series notes are produced by IMF experts to help member countries address the economic effects of COVID-19.

Government Cash Management Under Fiscal Stress

Faced with decreasing revenues, constrained access to financial markets and large emergency spending needs, governments should adopt a multipronged approach to cash management to ensure there is adequate liquidity to meet their payment obligations.

Issues When Cutting Government Pay to Help Reshuffle Spending in a Crisis

Spending needs are at an all-time high but many countries lack fiscal space to ramp up spending. Cutting government pay has been put on the table as a temporary measure to help meet urgent needs. This note discusses key issues to consider.

Revenue Administration: Reinvigorating Operations to Safeguard Collection and Compliance

Revenue agencies will have to be ready to restore their operations, safeguard tax collection and recover taxpayers’ compliance to precrisis levels, when COVID-19 spreading is contained and lockdown measures are eased.

Revenue Administration: Safeguarding Revenues for Oil-Producing Countries

COVID-19 is contributing to extreme volatility in crude oil prices. Countries dependent on oil revenues face shortfalls; they should take urgent measures and strengthen revenue administration practices to support the sector while protecting revenues.

This article is part of a series related to the Coronavirus Crisis. All of our articles covering the topic can be found on our PFM Blog Coronavirus Articles page.

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