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Tax Deductibility of Commuting Expenses and Leisures: On the Tax Treatment of Time-Saving Expenditure

Matthias Wrede ()

FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, 2001, vol. 57, issue 2, 216-224

Abstract: Assuming that higher traveling expenses reduce traveling time, this paper considers tax deductibility of commuting expenses when a distorting wage tax is levied. While the decision on commuting expenses would not be distorted if traveling costs were completely deductible, taxation would still not be neutral with respect to the leisure-consumption choice. Moreover, the paper shows that second-best optimum taxation requires less than complete deductibility of commuting expenses. Since commuting expenses are simply a special case of time-saving expenditure, this paper develops optimum taxation rules concerning the taxation of time-saving expenditure.

JEL-codes: H21 H24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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