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Bringing it all back home: alcohol taxation and cross-border shopping

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  • Ian Crawford

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Surrey)

  • Sarah Tanner

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Taxes on alcohol are among the oldest in the UK and are still an important source of tax revenue. In 1992, for example, just prior to the completion of the Single European Market, revenues from excise duties on alcohol totalled over £5 billion, equivalent to 2 per cent on value added tax or 2.5 pence on income tax. Recently, the future of this source of revenue has become uncertain with the relaxation of limits on personal imports of excisable goods by domestic consumers and the increase in cross-border shopping. In this paper, we investigate the effect of increased cross-border shopping on the revenue return to alcohol taxation.

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Volume (Year): 16 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 94-114

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Handle: RePEc:ifs:fistud:v:16:y:1995:i:2:p:94-114

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  1. FitzGerald, John & Quinn, T. P. & Whelan, Brendan J. & Williams, J. A., 1988. "An Analysis of Cross-Border Shopping," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number GRS137, July.
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  1. Aronsson, Thomas & Sjögren, Tomas, 2005. "Externalities, Border Trade and Illegal Production: An Optimal Tax Approach to Alcohol Policy," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 654, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  2. Mathä, Thomas Y. & Porpiglia, Alessandro & Ziegelmeyer, Michael, 2014. "Cross-border commuting and consuming: An empirical investigation," MEA discussion paper series 14284, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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  7. Chiou, Lesley & Muehlegger, Erich, 2008. "Crossing the Line: The Effect of Cross Border Cigarette Sales on State Excise Tax Revenues," Working Paper Series rwp08-012, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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  14. Leal, Andrés & López-Laborda, Julio & Rodrigo, Fernando, 2009. "Prices, taxes and automotive fuel cross-border shopping," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 225-234.

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