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Capital Levies and Transition to a Consumption Tax

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  • Louis Kaplow

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The merits of capital levies depend on the likelihood of repetition, the extent of anticipation, and its effects on distribution. The relevance of these features, which in varying degrees is underdeveloped or underappreciated in pertinent literatures, is elaborated and then considered with regard to the problem of transition to a consumption tax. Other transition issues are distinguished, and specific attention is devoted to rate changes under a consumption tax and whether owners of preexisting capital are effectively compensated through higher net-of-tax returns due to repeal of the income tax. The analysis is also related to literature that examines dynamic models of taxation, particularly work simulating consumption tax transitions and assessing the optimality of capital taxation in the long run.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 12259.

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Date of creation: May 2006
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Publication status: published as Auerbach, Alan J. and Daniel N. Shaviro (eds.) Institutional Foundations of Public Finance: Economic and Legal Perspectives. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2008.
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