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Cash-Flow Tax

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  • Christian Schutte
  • Parthasrathi Shome
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    The cash-flow tax has been proposed as an alternative to corporate income tax on grounds of clarity and simplicity in defining the tax base in the face of widespread departures from the comprehensive income tax in actual practice. Variants of the tax, with their advantages and disadvantages, demonstrate that it would require careful design. Simplicity is not an obvious property because of expectable administration problems related to tax avoidance and evasion through transfer pricing; to inflation adjustments; and to incompatibility with existing international tax regimes. Thus, the tax remains theoretically attractive but difficult to implement by a single--especially developing--country.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 93/2.

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    Length: 30
    Date of creation: 01 Jan 1993
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:93/2

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    Cited by:
    1. Paolo Panteghini, 2002. "Asymmetric Taxation under Incremental and Sequential Investment," CESifo Working Paper Series 717, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Jack Mintz, 1995. "Corporation tax: a survey," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 16(4), pages 23-68, November.
    3. Sijbren Cnossen, 1996. "Company Taxes in the European Union: Criteria and Options for Reform," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 17(4), pages 67-97, November.

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