January 17, 2008

Corporate tax policy and incorporation in the EU

Belastingconcurrentie bedreigt ook inkomstenbelasting in Europa

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Dick Morks +31 6 51681611 Read more

We exploit a panel of European data on legal form of business to analyze income shifting via incorporation. The results suggest that the effect is significant and large. It implies that the revenue effects of lower corporate tax rates ? possibly induced by tax competition ? will partly show up in lower personal tax revenues rather than lower corporate tax revenues. Simulations suggest that between 12% and 21% of corporate tax revenue can be attributed to income shifting. Income shifting is found to have raised the corporate tax-to-GDP ratio by some 0.25%-points since the early 1990s.

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