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The Property Tax Bound

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  • Giertz, J. Fred
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    In most states, the property tax departs markedly from the ideal of a low–rate, broad–based tax that treats various types of real property uniformly. Recently, many states have responded to rapidly rising residential property values with new constraints such as assessment caps. This paper will review property tax performance and analyze several arguments relating to alleged deficiencies of the property tax. The analysis suggests that the property tax has performed well by most measures and that it ranks high in terms of both stability and revenue elasticity. The restrictions and constraints imposed on the property tax are likely the result of the pursuit of political objectives by decision makers and not the result of structural problems with the tax itself.

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    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 59 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 695-705

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    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:59:y:2006:i:3:p:695-705

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    Cited by:
    1. Agnese Sacchi & Simone Salotti, 2014. "The influence of decentralized taxes and intergovernmental grants on local spending volatility," Working Papers 1405, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
    2. Byron Lutz & Raven Molloy & Hui Shan, 2010. "The housing crisis and state and local government tax revenue: five channels," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2010-49, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    3. Byron F. Lutz, 2008. "The connection between house price appreciation and property tax revenues," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2008-48, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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