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Questions tagged [taxation]

Refers to compulsory or coercive money collection by a levying authority, usually a government. The term "taxation" applies to all types of involuntary levies, from income to capital gains to estate taxes. Though taxation can be a noun or verb, it is usually referred to as an act; the resulting revenue is usually called "taxes."

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Measuring inequality at the zip code or county level in the United States?

I am trying to calculate a statistic for inequality at the zip code or county level in order to merge with another data set. I am using IRS SOI data, but the data given is returns by AGI bin (i.e., 1-...
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Economics of disparity in wages and in 'financial quality of life'

I am seeking a quantitavely and logically satisfying answer to the question I will outline below. It could be in a form of a book/article reference and ideally have as little ideological bias as ...
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Which countries impose family income taxation?

I'm looking for a comprehensive overview of international income tax systems (OECD countries would be sufficient), showing which countries apply some sort of family taxation, i.e. married partners ...
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Would taxing money owned (as a share of purchasing power) be a better form of taxation?

Consider a nation whose money is entirely digital (like Bitcoin), but centralized (unlike Bitcoin). Furthermore, the total money supply is fixed, i.e. money cannot be created nor destroyed. To be ...
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Arguments against inheritance tax

One of the arguments against inheritance tax is that it lowers the incentive to work for those close to retirement who have earnt enough money to be comfortable in old age. How much is this offset ...
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Simultaneous consumption tax and subsidy

Suppose the government introduces a simultaneous tax and subsidy on a consumption good, which is produced under perfect competition. If the tax and the subsidy are equal, then there will be no ...
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How did “excess liquidity” in the US contribute to the 2008 crash?

Here I'm using "excess liquidity" not in reference to monetary policy, but to the concentration of capital at the top in regard to private citizens. This excess liquidity, for which the tax cuts in ...
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The effect of structural unemployment on revenue from value added tax

Bill Gates and European countries have shown favor for consumption/VAT taxes. The arguments given by proponents are often something along the lines that "we know how to tax certain items more than ...
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Using US foreign tax policy to offset a raise in interest rates

I am an amateur economist at best, more a person with an economic BS looking to explore data science (I will be using python). I have a theory that I want opinion on that will allow the Fed to raise ...
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Difference-in-Difference on State Sales Tax Rates

In an attempt to evaluate a potential U.S. National Sales tax rate, it was suggested on this forum before that I consider a difference-in-difference on state sales tax rates before and after they ...
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Meaning of Transversality Conditions in Ramsey Problem

I'm working on a Ramsey problem for taxation, and am a little confused on the meaning/intuition behind the transversality conditions below: $\lim_{T \to \infty} \lambda_T b_{T+1} = 0$ $\lim_{T \to ...
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Hypothetical question: Percentage change in Federal income tax revenue in United States if Gini Index = 0?

Gini index = 0 refers to an economy where gross income has been redistributed so that all income earners in the United States received the same income, equal to the most current measure of the mean (...
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Example of countries restricting companies registered in tax havens?

I would like to know which countries do not allow companies with offices registered in tax havens to operate on their territory. And if there are such countries, to what degree their restrictions ...
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Optimal Tax Rates on BGP

I was going through this paper by Aghion et al. I wanted some clarification on some of the computations. I understood the process uptil the normalization on page 22. Then we can get some policy rules ...
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Why do higher real interest rates increase land value?

I'm using this equation to calculate market value of land based on the levied land value tax: y = market land value x = land value tax r = real interest rate a = real time-independent land value i = ...
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How did the Joint Committee on Taxation calculate the distribution of individual income tax rate increases for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation's JCX-68-17 Distributional Effects Of The Conference Agreement For H.R.1, The "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act", there will be a significant increase in income tax ...
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Which model produces the correct revenue-maximizing rate?

Model 1: The tax rate $\tau$ which maximizes tax revenue equals $\frac{1}{1 + a\epsilon}$ where $\epsilon$ is the elasticity of how taxable income responds to changes in the tax rate across and $a$ ...
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What would be the effect on a tax on business cash flow instead of on income?

This came up in a pub discussion. (yes, it was good beer...) Suppose that instead of taxing companies on the net income they make, they were taxed at a much lower rate on cash flow, with no ...
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Why does everything get more expensive as cities grow in density/size?

I have long wondered why groceries, rent, and especially cially taxes increase as cities get larger since the cost per capita goes down, at least according to everything I've read including a summary ...
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The introduction of Single Transaction Tax would help to curb out Tax Evasion & Black Money?

The Arthakranti (a NGO working on Economic Reform in India) suggests the proposal of Tax Reform. In the proposal they suggest that All Taxes and Duties of Central ,State and Local body Government ...
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Falling oil prices but no benefits passed on to the end user; government's strategy

Even though the oil prices have fallen rapidly in the recent years, the cost of petroleum products hasn't gone down in India. Apart from raising more revenue, what are the other benefits the ...
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“Wealth tax” on illiquid assets, how would people pay

In the idea of a wealth tax, or even for properties taxes, many times assets are illiquid. What mechanisms can be introduced to promote compliance and ensure the revenue collection goals of the taxing ...
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Do across-the-board tax breaks increase wealth if wealth is relative?

So, as I understand it, the value of one's money is in its purchasing power, and its purchasing power is related to its amount relative to others. That is to say: Earning 25k a year in a country ...
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VAT vs. Income tax - How their effect varies

Was wondering how the effect of VAT (indirect taxes) differs from the effect of income tax (direct taxes), in terms of their impact on the 4 marco objectives (unemployment, inflation, balance of ...
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Does GST/VAT taxation reduce offshore corporate tax avoidance?

So large tech companies are known for having some side 'off shore' company in a 0% tax country (like, but not exclusively, The Bahamas), which charges royalties at approximately the same amount, as ...
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Can a government invest in public companies so their dividends can finance the government

Is it possible that a country could use the money in its sovereign wealth fund to invest in different country's Stock Market and use the dividends to finance its government thus increasing spending ...
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Market price, output that maximize the price and level of firm profit after applying a license fee

I'm currently working on a problem that says the following : At first we had a number N of firms in perfectly competitive industry,the exercice gives us the total cost and the Market Demand with p as ...
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How important is “second best optimum” for the modelling and formulation of policy advice?

The standard formulation of second best theory is: if there is introduced into a general equilibrium system a constraint which prevents the attainment of one of the Paretian conditions, the ...
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If US capital income taxation were eliminated, which ordinary income tax brackets would be equally progressive?

This question only considers federal taxes in the United States. Also, by "capital income" I am including dividends, interest, capital gains, corporate incomes and estates. The Chamley-Judd result ...
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More privileges to the rich and less rights for the poor in the Great Depression?

I would like to know if in the Great Depression (1930s) the government of US and other Western governments increased the taxes for the poor or if they reduced the incomes and the rights of the poor. ...
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Optimal taxation and substitute commodities

Reading Ramsey's paper: a contribution to the theory of taxation. It says that when we are dealing with rival goods we look if the tax that is going to be applied leave unchanged the proportions in ...