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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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Why is bartering uncommon in modern countries?

Recently, I witnessed two acquaintances of mine engaging in bartering, where one traded his services for the services of the other. Both services had about the same value. By trading them directly, ...
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Why is capital income taxed differently than wage income?

Why is income from capital gains taxed differently than wage income? There are perhaps historical, practical, and theoretical reasons. What are they? (As far as historical reason go, I'm asking ...
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Economic policies to decrease obesity (would they be effective?)

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 35% of adults in the United States are obese. I have done much research on the topic of economic policies to reduce obesity (I ...
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Does land value tax create an incentive to merge land ownerships?

LVT is "a tax on the unimproved value of land", and "in theory, it does not distort decision making". But if I own land then improvements such as buildings on my neighbour's land can easily increase ...
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Optimality of Zero Capital Taxation

The Chamley-Judd result of zero optimal capital taxation says that 0 capital taxation are required in order to maximize welfare at the steady state. The result is 30 years old. Still assuming that ...
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Straub and Werning, 2014, on zero capital taxation

This is a test balloon to see whether these kinds of questions are appreciated/welcome on Econ.SE: I had a hard time grasping Straub and Werning (2014) (no paywall). I understand the general ...
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How is Singapore able to provide first-world public services, given its low income tax rate?

Singapore has a relatively low personal income tax rate. Somebody who earns $80,000 after deductions only pay 3,350 in taxes, or about 4% effective rate (see 2012-2016 tax table). 80,000 is already ...
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Do welfare payments for children incentivise having children?

A common argument against safety net social welfare for people with children is that it can incentivise people without better options to have children. This could be considered a problem if it means ...
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Lee and Saez (2012): Pareto-Improvement?

I'm interested in the following quote that came up in this earlier answer. Second, when labor supply responses are along the extensive margin only, which is the empirically relevant case, the co-...
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How does lowering a corporate tax rate benefit a nation?

When governments talk about about lowering corporate tax rates they claim there is benefit in one form or another. The problem is the mechanism of how the benefit can work is never explained. The ...
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What are the pros and cons of eliminating corporate taxes?

I recently heard a story on npr about economic policy changes that both liberal and conservative economists definitively agree on. Among other things, complete elimination of corporate taxes was ...
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What are the arguments against a zero corporate tax? [duplicate]

I've read a title in the news proposing a zero corporate tax. Thinking about it I couldn't figure a good reason against. Why couldn't a country just set the corporate tax rate for firms to zero and ...
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Are sales taxes regressive?

There are competing definitions of regressive taxes out there: On Wikipedia: A regressive tax is a tax imposed in such a manner that the tax rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation ...
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Could a Cap-and-Trade and a Carbon Tax both work together as a system to reduce carbon emissions?

For example, the European Union currently has a Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme in progress the ETS which acts to cap the amount of carbon dioxide released by large corporations. However, let us ...
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Policy relevance of the optimal taxation given uncertainty about social welfare specification

One common criticism in the optimal taxation literature is the specification of the social welfare function. The optimal taxation literature (I have the Mirrlees framework in mind) relies on first ...
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How can a country ensure its national currency is used by its citizens?

I am wondering how countries are able to force everyone to use its own currency, instead of some external currency (like the U.S. dollar or Bitcoin or cookies or something else not under government ...
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What is was the total corporate Income earned in the United States in 2014?

What is was the total corporate income earned in the United States in 2014? The question may seem simple, but I have been looking for a reliable source to inform me of this figure, and I hope someone ...
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Is my logic on taxation for this question legit?

At Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, seating is limited to 39,000. Hence, the number of tickets issued is fixed at that figure. Seeing a golden opportunity to raise revenue, the City of Boston ...
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Why do we use tax brackets?

Majority of countries (if not all) use tax brackets to define how much tax should the earning workforce pay. So we could have something like this. ...
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Why use marginal rather than average tax rates in incentive analysis?

Why do tax analysts worry about marginal tax rates, not average effective rates, in looking for incentive effects of taxes
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Are there economic policies that help countries fight corruption?

Are there particular taxes or subsidies or public goods that a country's economic authority could implement to help in the fight against corruption? While the rule of law seems to be the first order ...
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How are shell companies used for tax evasion?

The recent release of leaked documents on Mossack Fonseca has information on corporations and individuals using the firm's services for, among other things, tax evasion: The massive security breach ...
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Is information technology going to turn most “common goods” into private goods?

Common goods, (not public) are so because they are non-excludable and rival. Often this reflects the impracticality of excluding some users, rather than an absolute impossibility. For example, a park ...
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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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Taxes levied on sellers = Taxes levied on buyers

All page numbers refer to Principles of Microeconomics, 7 Ed, 2014, by NG Mankiw. [p 125:] Taxes levied on sellers and taxes levied on buyers are equivalent. [p 156:] ... When a tax is levied on ...
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The United States' position on the Laffer Curve

According to a 2012 IGM panel (cf. reference below), most experts believe that a federal income tax cut would lead to a higher GDP in five years, ceteris paribus. Is this effect purely Keynesian, and ...
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What would be the economic impact of the “fair tax” plan?

So I read about an interesting proposal about completely replacing income tax with a heavy national sales tax of about 30% (23% inclusive to compare to income tax). I was thinking about what the ...
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What is the difference between VAT and corporate tax

Many times I hear that VAT (value added tax) is a "good" tax, while corporate tax is a "bad" tax/ However, both taxes take a cut from the difference between the income of a company and its expenses, ...
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How to determine regressive tax

I have a mock-up exam that my teacher gave me and one of the questions was the following: Given these four graphs, which one represents regressive tax? I'm quite sure it's graph A, but I don't ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation for the tax incidence formula from elasticity?

You're probably familiar with the formula for tax incidence (in a standard Principles framework) from elasticity. Specifically, that the consumer share is $$\frac{\varepsilon_S}{\varepsilon_S+|\...
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Has any country attempted to inflation adjust capital gains before taxation?

Inspired by the answer to a different question I wondered: Can anyone think of a case study example, past or present, when capital gains are inflating adjusted before being taxed. I could imagine ...
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Pushing taxes - economic etymology

Frequently a description that is clear in the mind of its author is not as clear to a reader. It is even worse when the reader finds the description clear but actually misunderstands the intention of ...
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Do tax cuts to the rich lower interest rates?

The rationale for giving tax cuts to the income brackets is that this money is then invested in new businesses which increases jobs. If the saved money is being saved/invested instead of being spent,...
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Price Producers Receive as a Result of Indirect Taxes

In my economics class, we were introduced to the idea that if the government imposes an indirect tax on a good, the price consumers have to pay increases, but along with this increase in price for ...
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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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What are taxes for since law forbids printing of money?

This question bothers me for a long time: why government keeps up with the taxes instead of with printing money? This would decrease its operating costs, simplify law and generally raise comfort of ...
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If Trickle Down Economics Works, Then Shouldn't “Trickle Up” Economics Work as Well?

A lot of controversy in economics on the political stage comes from trickle down economics and whether it even works or not. The idea is that if we give sufficient tax cuts to corporations, they'll ...
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Why are there estate taxes after the owner passes away?

Isn't it unfair for estates to be taxed after death? The person who bequeathed the estate probably purchased it with after tax money, so wouldn't it then be taxed twice? What is the purpose of the tax ...
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Tax by inflation

I am interested in a system where the state prints new money to cover all its expenses. (There is no direct tax collection.) I'm interested in anything you might have to say about this system, but to ...
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Are there any drawbacks to a hypothetical climate policy?- Carbon tax for reducing Income tax

Disclaimer: I do not have a formal education in economics Here is the idea of my hypothetical policy: graduated over a period, say about 10 years or longer, the income tax is phased out and a carbon ...
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Laffer Curve Regression

I am doing some research on a potential U.S. Nationwide Sales tax. I found per-capita sales tax revenues and sales tax rates for each of the 50 states and conducted a quadratic regression on them. I ...
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Derivation on p.99 of Salanie, The Economics of Taxation (2nd edition)

Starting on p. 98 of Salanie's "The Economic of Taxation" (2nd edition), it explains To probe it more rigorously, let us define the utility of taxpayer $w$ when he claims to have productivity $w'$: ...
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Who really pays transaction taxes like VAT or sales tax?

In Europe, shop prices are typically displayed including VAT. This gives the impression that the seller is paying the VAT. They have to offer a competitive price, then a percentage of that is taken ...
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Why is the Supply of Labour More Elastic in a Single Province/State then it is in the Country as a Whole?

Apparently, the federal government has a greater ability than provincial government to increase tax revenues by raising tax rates because the supply of labour is more elastic in a single province than ...
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Quantity supplied & demanded equation with tax

Here's the simple question I can't get my head around :( QD= 120-P QS= 2P-10 Tax= 25 euro per unit How much does the government receive?
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Effect of property tax on rent

Suppose the government puts a tax on all apartment owners (e.g. a certain percentage of the apartment value), whether or not the apartment is rented. Will this tax cause an increase in rent? From an ...
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How does corporate income tax apply?

I am very confused regarding the corporate income tax. Please explain me the following scenario: "Teddy Bears Company" buys stocks of 1000 euro (VAT added). Then, in 1 month sells everything with ...
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What is the definition of distributionally neutral tax?

On the website https://www.core-econ.org/ in the book provided, there is an exercise 19.10. It asks whether poll tax is progressive, regressive or distributionally neutral. To answer this question of ...
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The relationship between gross profit and tax

I tried to do following question but I am not sure about my solution. Please tell me your opinions Since gross profit is strictly concave, I can say that $R’’(y)-C’’(y) <0$ Now I maximize the ...