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Coordinating VATs between EU Member States

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  • Genser, Bernd

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The paper surveys coordination requirements for a final European VAT (short for viable integrated VAT) system. Using a set of criteria that can be identified from the EU VAT program for the single market, we analyze the potential superiority of the Commission's 1996 VAT proposal and four alternative VAT systems over the current transitional regime. We argue that the recent withdrawal of the 1996 VAT proposal is economically beneficial, as this VAT reform would have generated substantial costs for EU member states due to losses in national tax autonomy and adverse incentives in VAT collection and control. If the Commission adheres to its political desiderata, the VIVAT regime turns out to be a promising blueprint for the EU. If the Commission decides to lay aside its preference for compliance symmetry, and accepts that different treatment of domestic and cross-border supplies under the transitional VAT regime should not be regarded discriminatory in the Internal Market, then keeping and revising the transitional system should turn out to be a good VAT strategy for Europe. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 735-52

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Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:10:y:2003:i:6:p:735-52

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  1. Genser, Bernd, 1996. " A Generalized Equivalence Property of Mixed International VAT Regimes," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 98(2), pages 253-62, June.
  2. Richard Bird & Pierre Gendron, 1998. "Dual VATs and Cross-Border Trade: Two Problems, One Solution?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 429-442, July.
  3. Bernd Genser & Andreas Haufler, 1996. "Tax competition, tax coordination and tax harmonization: The effects of EMU," Empirica, Springer, vol. 23(1), pages 59-89, February.
  4. Michael Keen, 2000. "VIVAT, CVAT and All That," IMF Working Papers 00/83, International Monetary Fund.
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  1. Andrea Gebauer & Chang Woon Nam & Rüdiger Parsche, 2003. "Is the Completion of EU Single Market Hindered by VAT Evasion?," CESifo Working Paper Series 974, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Silvia Fedeli & Francesco Forte, 2009. "EU VAT Frauds," Working Papers 129, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
  3. José Sánchez Maldonado & Salvador Gómez Sala, 2006. "The Reform of Indirect Taxation in Spain: VAT and Excise," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper0607, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  4. Christian Breuer & Chang Woon Nam, 2009. "VAT on Intra-Community Trade and Bilateral Micro Revenue Clearing in the EU," CESifo Working Paper Series 2771, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Silvia Fedeli & Francesco Forte, 2011. "EU VAT frauds," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 31(2), pages 143-166, April.

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