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Introducing an IP license box in Switzerland: quantifying the effects

Florian Chatagny (), Marko Koethenbuerger and Michael Stimmelmayr ()

International Tax and Public Finance, 2017, vol. 24, issue 6, 927-961

Abstract: Abstract In response to mounting international pressure to reform the ring-fenced elements of its tax system, the Swiss government has put forward a comprehensive tax reform package. The proposal comprises the introduction of a license box, a substantial reduction in cantonal profit tax rates, and an allowance for excess corporate equity. We apply a computable general equilibrium model to quantify the economic effects of this reform. Our results reveal that the license box, combined with the reduction in the cantonal profit taxes, limits the outflow of the tax base of those companies that benefit from the current preferential tax treatment. The reduction in cantonal profit taxes and the fact that regularly taxed companies additionally benefit from the license box render the reform package costly, such that tax revenues might well decline after the reform.

Keywords: Tax competition; License box; Mobile firm profits; Corporate tax reform; Dynamic general equilibrium model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H25 H32 C68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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