On the Possibility and Desirability of Taxing E-Commerce
AbstractOver the past decade the taxation of e-commerce has been widely discussed among politicians, tax law experts and economists. To put some perspective on this issue it is analyzed to what extent e-commerce can actually be taxed and the severity of the ensuing tax revenue losses following from future growth of e-commerce is discussed. Since the US and the EU cases differ substantially they are considered separately. Subsequently various arguments supporting the view that e-commerce should receive preferential tax treatment are considered. Although no firm recommendations can be provided some interesting topics for future research are suggested.
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E-commerce; commodity taxation; tax principles; revenue loss; preferential tax treatment; auditing;
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- H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
- L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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- NEP-ACC-2004-09-30 (Accounting & Auditing)
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- NEP-PBE-2004-09-30 (Public Economics)
- NEP-PUB-2004-09-30 (Public Finance)
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