Implementing a Local Property Tax where There is No Real Estate Market: The Case of Commonly Owned Land in Rural South Africa

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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006 - Business & Economics - 21 pages
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This report summarizes what was learned from a workshop held in a tribal area of Limpopo Province, which sought to assist local residents in identifying land attributes that affect the relative desirability of different plots, and to apply those criteria to selected plots as a step toward developing taxable values that are reasonable proxies for market value. Although the focus here is on South Africa, the approach and lessons learned have broader applications in other developing and transitional countries where a modern, mature property tax based on market values is not feasible.

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JOHN H. BOWMAN is Professor of Economics in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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