On the Incidence of Substituting Consumption Taxes for Income Taxes
AbstractThis paper shows that tax reforms involving an increase in consumption taxes and a decrease in income taxes cannot always be designed in a way that protects the welfare of some chosen class of consumer (e.g., low-income households), even if the government is indifferent to the welfare effects on all other consumers. This is contrary to common intuition and claims by some governments.
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Tax incidence; consumption taxes; income taxes; tax reform.;
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- D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
- H22 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Incidence
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