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The Revenue Impacts of Cross-border Sales and Tourism: Wine and Liquor Taxation

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  • Todd M. Nesbit

    (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)

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    As tax rates have risen through time, voter dislike of increased taxation has strengthened, leaving some states in a budget crunch. If policy-makers are to keep pace with the growing demand for public services, they must find ways to export tax burdens outside of the district. Taking advantage of cross-border shopping and tourism are two such ways to export tax burdens. This paper attempts to measure the revenue impacts of cross-border shopping and tourist purchases of wine and liquor in West Virginia. I find that cross-border shopping and tourism exert significant impacts on tax revenues from wine and liquor sales.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 05-12 Classification-.

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    Length: 31 pages
    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:wvu:wpaper:05-12

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