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Tax Decentralization: Solutions for Bulgaria

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  • Konstantin Pashev

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The study draws on the theory of optimal taxation and the practice in a number of federal and unitary countries to outline the conceptual framework of the allocation of revenue responsibilities among levels of government. À distinction has been made between decentralized tax policy (the power to set tax bases and rates) and tax administration (collection of taxes). Possible solutions for Bulgaria are drawn and formed on this base. It has been justified that, the strengthening of the tax autonomy of local government is the main objective of the reform in local finances but appropriate taxes are few in number and are with à limited revenue potential. Optimization of the real estate tax has been proposed, including taxation on local incomes from rent as well as local patent tax. The revenue potential of these autonomous local taxes especially in small municipalities is not large, which leads to the necessity of a semi-autonomous parallel local tax on personal incomes, as well as substantial central subsidies i.e. re-allocation of tax revenues across municipalities.

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Article provided by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute in its journal Economic Thought - Special Issue in English.

Volume (Year): (2007)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 67-88

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Handle: RePEc:bas:econth:y:2007:i:7:p:67-88

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  1. Konstantin Pashev, 2006. "Presumptive Taxation: Lessons from Bulgaria," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(4), pages 399-418.
  2. Tugrul Gurgur & Anwar Shah, 2008. "Localization and corruption: panacea or pandora's box?," CEMA Working Papers 581, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics.
  3. Treisman, Daniel, 2000. "The causes of corruption: a cross-national study," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 399-457, June.
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