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Optimal taxes on wealth and consumption in the presence of tax evasion

Johann Brunner (), Paul Eckerstorfer () and Susanne Pech

Journal of Economics, 2013, vol. 110, issue 2, 107-124

Abstract: This article incorporates tax evasion into an optimum taxation framework with individuals differing in earning abilities and initial wealth. We find that despite the possibility of its evasion a tax on initial wealth should supplement the optimal nonlinear income tax, given a positive correlation between initial wealth and earning abilities. Further, even if income and initial wealth are taxed optimally, it is still desirable to levy a tax on commodities, though it can be evaded as well. Thus, our result provides a rationale for a comprehensive tax system. Optimal tax rates on commodities differ in general, however for the special case of a uniform evasion technology equal rates are optimal if preferences are homothetic and weakly separable. Copyright Springer-Verlag Wien 2013

Keywords: Optimal taxation; Tax evasion; Initial wealth; D82; H21; H24; H26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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