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Coordinating VATs Between EU Member States

  • Bernd Genser

The paper surveys the characteristics of the common European VAT system, proposed by the EU-Commission to overcome the weaknesses of the transitional European VAT system, which was enacted in 1993 and is still in force. We argue that a harmonized VAT rate will generate substantial costs for EU member states to meet national budget requirements and that the revenue sharing mechanisms will generate adverse incentives to national efforts in VAT collection and control. A comparison of the Commission proposal with four alternative VAT regimes favours a modified VIVAT system as an attractive compromise.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 648.

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Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_648
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  1. Genser, Bernd & Haufler, Andreas, 1996. "Tax competition, tax coordination and tax harmonization: The effects of EMU," Munich Reprints in Economics 20319, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Michael Keen, 2000. "VIVAT, CVAT and All That; New Forms of Value-Added Tax for Federal Systems," IMF Working Papers 00/83, International Monetary Fund.
  3. Genser, Bernd, 1996. " A Generalized Equivalence Property of Mixed International VAT Regimes," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 98(2), pages 253-62, June.
  4. Richard Bird & Pierre Gendron, 1998. "Dual VATs and Cross-Border Trade: Two Problems, One Solution?," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 5(3), pages 429-442, July.
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