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Taxing Risky Investment

  • Michael P. Devereux

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    (Centre for Business Taxation, Said Business School, University of Oxford)

This paper re-examines the impact of consumption and capital income taxes on (a) the incentive to undertake risky investment and (b) the revenue generated from such taxes. It challenges a well-known claim in the literature that a capital income tax with full loss offset can leave incentives to invest "basically unaffected" because the tax liability is offset by a reduction in the post-tax risk of the investment. Instead, it argues that such a tax would have a significantly negative impact on the incentive to invest.

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Paper provided by Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation in its series Working Papers with number 0919.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:btx:wpaper:0919
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