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Simplification and Decentralization of the Income Tax

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  • Nuria Badenes

    (Complutense University of Madrid)

  • Julio López-Laborda

    (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

  • Jorge Onrubia

    (Complutense University of Madrid Institute of Fiscal Studies, Spain)

  • Jesús Ruiz-Huerta

    (Complutense University of Madrid)

Abstract

This article presents a new type of welfare-improving tax reform model aimed at simultaneously achieving simplification and decentralization of the personal income tax. This model is based on the results of Pfähler and Dardanoni and Lambert and comprises two elements. The first one is the transformation of the income tax into an equal-yield flat tax. The second one is a reduction of the central taxation in proportion to posttax income in order to vacate a space that may be utilized by subcentral jurisdictions through a surcharge applied on the central tax liability. The theoretical proposal is illustrated with a microsimulation exercise on the Spanish personal income tax.

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  • Nuria Badenes & Julio López-Laborda & Jorge Onrubia & Jesús Ruiz-Huerta, 2001. "Simplification and Decentralization of the Income Tax," Public Finance Review, , vol. 29(1), pages 49-60, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pubfin:v:29:y:2001:i:1:p:49-60
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    1. Julio López-Laborda & Jorge Onrubia, 2005. "Personal Income Tax Decentralization, Inequality, and Social Welfare," Public Finance Review, , vol. 33(2), pages 213-235, March.
    2. Maria Teresa Monteduro & Alberto Zanardi, 2005. "The Redistributive Effects of the Pit Decentralization: Evidence from the Italian Case," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 64(2-3), pages 215-246, November.

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