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Taxation Of Cross-Border Labor Income And Tax Revenue Sharing In The Öresund Region


  • Dahlberg, Mattias

    () (Tax Law, Uppsala University)

  • Önder, Ali Sina

    () (Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies)


Due to the Nordic Tax Treaty, commuters pay their income taxes where they earn income. This creates problems in local government finances in Scania County of Sweden, because the number of commuters received on both sides of the Öresund Strait is not symmetric, but the flow from Scania County of Sweden into Copenhagen County of Denmark is about 25 times as large as the other way around. This paper aims to document as ymmetries in commuter flows in the Öresund Region and the loss in income tax revenue due to the asymmetric magnitudes in the flow of commuters. We propose renewed negotiations between Sweden and Denmark on the income taxation in the Öresund Region in order to sustain local public services in the region.

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  • Dahlberg, Mattias & Önder, Ali Sina, 2014. "Taxation Of Cross-Border Labor Income And Tax Revenue Sharing In The Öresund Region," Working Paper Series, Center for Fiscal Studies 2014:11, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uufswp:2014_011

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    1. Coomes, Paul A. & Hoyt, William H., 2008. "Income taxes and the destination of movers to multistate MSAs," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 920-937, May.
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    Labor Taxation; Commuting; Model Tax Convention; Nordic Tax Treaty; Source vs.Residence Principle;

    JEL classification:

    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H61 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Budget; Budget Systems
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • K34 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Tax Law

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