Measuring Revenue-Maximising Elasticities of Taxable Income: Evidence for the US Income Tax
A recent review of empirical estimates of the elasticity of taxable income (ETI) concluded that â€˜the US marginal top rate is far from the top of the Laffer curveâ€™ (Saez et al, 2012, p.42). This paper provides a detailed examination of the analysis underlying this conclusion, and considers whether other tax rates in the US income tax system are on the â€˜rightâ€™ side of the Laffer curve. Conceptual expressions for â€˜Laffer-maximumâ€™ or revenue-maximizing ETIs, based on readily observable parameters, are presented for individuals and groups of taxpayers in a multi-rate income tax system. Applying these to the US income tax in 2005, with its complex effective marginal rate structure, demonstrates that a wide range of revenue-maximizing ETI values can be expected for individual taxpayers within and across tax brackets, and in aggregate. For many taxpayers these revenue-maximizing ETIs are well within the range of empirically estimated elasticities.
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- Emmanuel Saez & Joel Slemrod & Seth H. Giertz, 2012.
"The Elasticity of Taxable Income with Respect to Marginal Tax Rates: A Critical Review,"
Journal of Economic Literature,
American Economic Association, vol. 50(1), pages 3-50, March.
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