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On the Possibility and Desirability of Taxing E-Commerce

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  • Bo Sandemann Rasmussen

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    (Department of Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

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    Over 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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    Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2004-8.

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    Length: 32
    Date of creation: 21 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2004-8

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    Keywords: E-commerce; commodity taxation; tax principles; revenue loss; preferential tax treatment; auditing;

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    1. Donald Bruce & William Fox & Matthew Murray, 2003. "To Tax Or Not To Tax? The Case Of Electronic Commerce," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 21(1), pages 25-40, 01.
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    1. Bo Sandemann Rasmussen, 2004. "Preferential Taxation of E-Commerce: Imperfectly Competitive Retail Markets and Trade Costs," Economics Working Papers 2004-9, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
    2. Tehmina S. Khan & John Norregaard, 2007. "Tax Policy," IMF Working Papers 07/274, International Monetary Fund.

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