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Taiwan's novel incentive to pay tax

Taiwan has come up with a system that has boosted tax revenues by making both businesses and customers pay attention to the tax system - a lottery-style draw.

Businesses - such as coffee shops - give a receipt with every purchase, whose unique number is then checkable against a lottery draw.

It now has plans to go fully-electronic and is piloting a system of paperless receipts.

The programme will be widely promoted next year and is expected to raise tax revenues even more.

The BBC's Taipei correspondent, Cindy Sui, reports on how it works and why many Taiwanese tax payers are praising the system.

  • 26 Jun 2013