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Tax and Welfare Reforms in the Czech Republic—Structural Implications and Challenges

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  • Thomas Dalsgaard

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The paper provides an analysis and discussion of key structural implications of the 2007 and 2008 welfare and tax reforms in the Czech Republic. Based on a detailed micro-study of marginal and average effective tax rates for individuals at various points along the earnings curve, it concludes that while incentives to save and invest have improved, work incentives are being severely hampered by high marginal effective tax rates for low- and middle income individuals. The reforms also fail to address the most pressing fiscal concern: to put government finances on a sustainable path.

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  • Thomas Dalsgaard, 2008. "Tax and Welfare Reforms in the Czech Republic—Structural Implications and Challenges," IMF Working Papers 08/52, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:08/52
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    1. Richard M. Bird & Michael Smart, 2012. "Financing Social Expenditures in Developing Countries: Payroll or Value Added Taxes?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1206, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    2. Dennis P Botman & Anita Tuladhar, 2008. "Tax and Pension Reform in the Czech Republic—Implications for Growth and Debt Sustainability," IMF Working Papers 08/125, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Zdeněk Hrdlička & Jana Ištvánfyová & Leoš Vítek, 2010. "Systémy účetnictví a evidence daňových příjmů vládních institucí
      [The System of Accounting for Government Tax Revenues]
      ," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(2), pages 253-270.
    4. Marcin Piatkowski & Mariusz Jarmuzek, 2008. "Zero Corporate Income Tax in Moldova; Tax Competition and Its Implications for Eastern Europe," IMF Working Papers 08/203, International Monetary Fund.
    5. Nikolay Galabov, 2009. "The Flat Tax – Theory and Practice," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 7, pages 124-137.
    6. Nikolay Galabov, 2012. "Tax Neutrality and Tax Expenses in the Practice of Bulgaria," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 83-104.
    7. Leibfritz, Willi, 2011. "Undeclared economic activity in central and eastern Europe -- how taxes contribute and how countries respond to the problem," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5923, The World Bank.
    8. Sònia Muñoz & Céline Allard, 2008. "Challenges to Monetary Policy in the Czech Republic—An Integrated Monetary and Fiscal Analysis," IMF Working Papers 08/72, International Monetary Fund.
    9. repec:bas:econth:y:2013:i:2:p:3-26 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. repec:bas:econth:y:2013:i:2:p:27-49 is not listed on IDEAS
    11. International Monetary Fund, 2010. "Czech Republic; Selected Issues Paper," IMF Staff Country Reports 10/59, International Monetary Fund.
    12. Nikolay Galabov, 2009. "The Flat Tax – Theory and Practice," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 2, pages 3-18.

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