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Reforming the German Local Business Tax - Lessons from an International Comparison and a Microsimulation Analysis

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  • Frank Fossen
  • Stefan Bach

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The local business tax as the main revenue source of local governments in Germany has been under extensive debate for decades. Proposals for reform range from a pure profit tax to an origin-based value-added tax. Local business taxation systems in OECD countries actually represent the whole spectrum between these two extremes. We use a newly developed microsimulation model for the business sector in Germany to analyze the first round fiscal and distributional effects of the general reform options identified. We also analyze the effects of the actual German business-tax reform 2008 with respect to local-business-tax revenues.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 64 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 245-272

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200806)64:2_245:rtglbt_2.0.tx_2-0

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Keywords: local business tax; microsimulation; local taxation; tax reform;

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  1. Dwenger, Nadja & Rattenhuber, Pia & Steiner, Viktor, 2013. "Sharing the burden? Empirical evidence on corporate tax incidence," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 80040, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. Stefan Bach & Michael Broer & Frank Fossen, 2010. "Sollen Freiberufler und Landwirte Gewerbesteuer zahlen?," Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 71-90, February.
  3. Richard Ochmann & Frank Fossen, 2012. "EUROMOD Country Report Germany: EUROMOD Version F6.0; Project on Behalf of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission," Data Documentation 64, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  4. Bach, Stefan & Corneo, Giacomo & Steiner, Viktor, 2011. "Effective taxation of top incomes in Germany," Discussion Papers 2011/18, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  5. Nadja Dwenger & Viktor Steiner, 2008. "Effective Profit Taxation and the Elasticity of the Corporate Income Tax Base: Evidence from German Corporate Tax Return Data," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 829, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  6. Nadja Dwenger & Viktor Steiner, 2009. "Financial Leverage and Corporate Taxation: Evidence from German Corporate Tax Return Data," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 855, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  7. Richard Ochmann & Patricia Gallego Granados, 2013. "EUROMOD Country Report Germany: EUROMOD Version F7.0; Project on Behalf of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission," Data Documentation 67, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  8. Clemens Fuest & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2012. "Which Workers Bear the Burden of Corporate Taxation and Which Firms Can Pass It On? Micro Evidence from Germany," Working Papers 1216, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
  9. Frank M. Fossen & Martin Simmler, 2012. "Differential Taxation and Firms' Financial Leverage: Evidence from the Introduction of a Flat Tax on Interest Income," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1190, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  10. Dwenger, Nadja & Steiner, Viktor, 2012. "Profit Taxation And The Elasticity Of The Corporate Income Tax Base: Evidence From German Corporate Tax Return Data," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 65(1), pages 118-50, March.

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