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Tax Neutrality: Illusion or Reality? The Case of Entrepreneurship

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  • Vesa Kanniainen
  • Paolo Panteghini

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This paper shows that taxes which are understood to be neutral with respect to the marginal investment decisions may be distortionary with respect to entrepreneurial decisions. In particular, we apply an intertemporal model to show that a comprehensive income tax is distortionary unless all kinds of income are subject to the same tax rate and a worker's option to become an entrepreneur is accounted for. Similarly, the harsh condition of a uniform tax rate is necessary but not sufficient under "new view" dividend tax, cash flow tax, and ACE tax, so that the occupational choice is not distorted. In any case, informational problems may arise and lead to distortive effects.

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  • Vesa Kanniainen & Paolo Panteghini, 2008. "Tax Neutrality: Illusion or Reality? The Case of Entrepreneurship," CESifo Working Paper Series 2306, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Keywords

    ACE tax; cash flow tax; dividend tax; Johansson-Samuelson theorem; real options;

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    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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