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Some International Issues in Commodity Taxation

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  • Michael Keen

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This paper reviews issues and evidence concerning tax-motivated, cross-border commodity transactions. A distinction is drawn between "arbitrage trades" (driven by cross-country differences in tax rates) and "tax not paid" transactions (motivated by the opportunity to pay no tax at all on transactions with international aspects). Assessment of the severity of the associated policy problems faces the difficulty that the observed extent of cross-border transactions conveys no information on the induced inefficiency that the possibility of such transactions may generate. Given the difficulty of securing coordination of national tax policies, much of the emphasis in dealing with these problems in the coming years is likely to be on administrative cooperation.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 02/124.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:02/124

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  1. Friberg, Richard & Asplund, Marcus & Wilander, Fredrik, 2005. "Demand and Distance: Evidence on Cross-Border Shopping," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 587, Stockholm School of Economics.
  2. Mathä, Thomas Y. & Porpiglia, Alessandro & Ziegelmeyer, Michael, 2014. "Cross-border commuting and consuming: An empirical investigation," MEA discussion paper series 14284, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
  3. Andrés Leal & Julio López-Laborda & Fernando Rodrigo, 2010. "Cross-Border Shopping: A Survey," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 135-148, May.

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