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The Norwegian Shareholder Tax Reconsidered

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  • Södersten, Jan

    () (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)

  • Lindhe, Tobias

    () (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)

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In an article in International Tax and Public Finance, Peter Birch Sørensen (2005) gives an in-depth account of the new Norwegian Shareholder Tax, which allows the shareholders a deduction for an imputed risk-free rate of return. Sørensen’s positive evaluation appears as reasonable for a closed economy where the deduction for the imputed return is capitalized into the market prices of corporate shares. We show that in a small open economy where no capitalization occurs, the Norwegian shareholder tax is likely to leave the distortions caused by the corporate income tax unaffected, and to add new distortions to shareholders’ portfolio decisions.

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  • Södersten, Jan & Lindhe, Tobias, 2010. "The Norwegian Shareholder Tax Reconsidered," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2010:4, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2010_004
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    1. Peter Birch Sørensen, 2014. "Taxation of Shareholder Income and the Cost of Capital in a Small Open Economy," CESifo Working Paper Series 5091, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Alstadsæter, Annette & Jacob, Martin & Michaely, Roni, 2017. "Do dividend taxes affect corporate investment?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 74-83.
    3. Tobias Lindhe & Jan Södersten, 2014. "Dividend Taxation and the Cost of New Share Issues," CESifo Working Paper Series 5001, CESifo Group Munich.
    4. repec:bla:scandj:v:118:y:2016:i:4:p:693-717 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Peter Birch Sørensen, 2014. "Taxation of shareholder income and the cost of capital in a small open economy," Working Papers 1428, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
    6. Kari, Seppo & Ropponen, Olli, 2016. "A Note on the Effects of Income-Splitting under Dual Income Tax," Working Papers 81, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
    7. Kari Seppo, 2015. "Corporate tax in an international environment – Problems and possible remedies," Nordic Tax Journal, De Gruyter Open, vol. 2015(1), pages 1-16, September.
    8. Annette Alstadsæter & Martin Jacob, 2016. "Dividend Taxes and Income Shifting," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 118(4), pages 693-717, October.

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    Keywords

    Tax neutrality; open economy; shareholder taxation; corporate-personal tax integration; small firms;

    JEL classification:

    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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