This paper discusses whether some of the propositions concerning indirect tax harmonization that have been derived in models where tax revenue is returned to the consumers as a lump-sum transfer can also be extended to the more relevant situations in which governments levy taxes to finance the purchase of goods and services. Using a two-country model, it is argued that a family of indirect tax harmonization policies, expressed as a multilateral movement of domestic taxes towards an appropriately designed "average" tax structure, can be characterized as potentially welfare improving.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 1998|
- Commodity tax reform
- Indirect tax harmonization