Evaluation of Development Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance Labor and Transfers, Property Tax Department, in Kosovo and the Swedish Tax Agency

The report presents an evaluation of the Development Cooperation between the Ministry of Finance, Labour and Transfers, Property Tax Department, in Kosovo and the Swedish Tax Agency. Sida and STA have supported Kosovo’s Ministry of Finance Labor and Transfers in developing property taxation through a series of consecutive projects. The main objective of this development is to strengthen the municipalities by giving them preconditions to improve their own source revenues and to provide a better business environment. The Protax projects have all been solely funded by Sida, and carried out by MoF and STA in cooperation. During Protax 2, STA has also contracted Lantmäteriet (Swedish Cadster Agency) for expertise in property valuation.The purpose of the Protax 2 Project is to contribute to long-term effects that will strengthen the municipalities, and the means for doing so is to improve the property tax system.The purpose of the evaluation was two-folded: 1) to provide Sida with a basis for determining the long-term value of its contribution, and 2) to compile and summarise experiences made in the project to use as input to the design of future projects and possible cooperation. The evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability were further assessed, as well as management and coherence. The evaluation found that the project has had a substantial contribution to improving the property tax system in Kosovo, for instance by strengthening the capacities of central and municipal authorities. It has also led to increased awareness of taxpayers and increased tax revenue. However, maintenance of the results will depend to a large extent on external factors, such as municipalities continuing to implement reforms. The evaluation team thus recommend Sida to assess the need for further support and cooperation at the local level.

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