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Avoiding the pitfalls in taxing financial intermediation

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  • Honohan, Patrick

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Enthusiasts for financial sector tax reform typically come either with some form of"flat tax"(including value added tax on financial services, zero taxation on capital income, or a universal transactions tax) or advocating corrective taxes designed to offset market failures or achieve other targeted objectives. As a result the tax systems in most countries often end up with a complex mixture. Honohan argues that practical policy for taxation of the financial sector needs to take into account two key features of the sector: its capacity for arbitrage and its sensitivity to inflation and thus to nonindexed taxes. Where these aspects have been neglected, poorly constructed tax systems-whether the consequence of a drive for revenue or of misdirected sophistication-often have sizable unexpected side effects. A defensive stance making the minimization of such distortions as its cornerstone is the best policy.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3056.

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Date of creation: 31 May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3056

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Keywords: Payment Systems&Infrastructure; Economic Theory&Research; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Banks&Banking Reform; Environmental Economics&Policies; Banks&Banking Reform; Economic Theory&Research; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Environmental Economics&Policies; Financial Intermediation;

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  1. Constanza Martínez Ventura, 2005. "Una Revisión Empírica Sobre Los Determinantes Del Margen De Intermediación En Colombia, 1989-2003," ENSAYOS SOBRE POLÍTICA ECONÓMICA, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA - ESPE.
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  3. European Commission, 2010. "Tax Policy after the Crisis: Monitoring Tax Revenues and Tax Reforms in EU Member States 2010 Report," Taxation Papers 24, Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission.

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