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Tax policy at the outskirts of EU: Greenland

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  • Vesterø Jensen, Carsten

    (Central Customs and Tax)

  • Nielsen, Søren Bo

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

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This paper provides an assessment of Greenland's tax system and contemplates changes that may be undertaken in the future to prepare for greater economic self-reliance and for the country's participation in the wider world economy. At the outskirts of Europe, Greenland is an autonomous part of the Danish kingdom, though currently not a member of EU. However, its cooperation with European countries and its dependency on international trade renders it necessary for the tax system in Greenland to be attuned to developments in the rest of the world. Drawing on a thorough international benchmarking analysis of Greenland's tax system, the paper's special focus will be on the corporate tax system and its interplay with personal taxation, as well on as the system of import duties. In particular, we carry out computations of effective marginal and average corporate tax rates, as well as average effective tax burdens on consumption, labour income and capital income, and compare these to similar measures for EU countries. In addition, we outline how Greenland's economic policy in other areas interferes with tax policy. Especially fishery regulation, management of government-owned companies, and housing policy have major implications for the tax system.

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  • Vesterø Jensen, Carsten & Nielsen, Søren Bo, 2003. "Tax policy at the outskirts of EU: Greenland," Working Papers 13-2003, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsnow:2003_013
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    Cited by:

    1. Hyytinen, Ari & Takalo, Tuomas, 2008. "Investor protection and business creation," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 113-122, June.
    2. Michael W. Nicholson, 2013. "The Impact Of Tax Regimes On International Trade Patterns," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 31(4), pages 746-761, October.

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    international benchmarking; effective tax rates; Greenland;

    JEL classification:

    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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