Program: Fiscal

Unpacking Patent Boxes

| 26 July 2017
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Patent Boxes, Tax Competition, Tax Expenditures
An intellectual property box is a special lower tax rate for profits associated with intellectual property (IP). There are over twenty around the world, and over the last few years bills have been introduced to the U.S. Congress for a U.S. IP box. IP boxes always ... continue reading

Tax Expenditures. The Big Black Box

| 20 July 2017
External, Fiscal | Tags: Tax Expenditures
Op-ed, Handelszeitung. CEP fellow Agustin Redonda zooms in on tax expenditures in Switzerland, and highlights the lack of transparency on what amounts to 21-25 billion CHF in revenue foregone for the Swiss federal government, i.e. a third of federal government revenues, due to tax exemptions, ... continue reading

Measuring Tax Expenditures in Developing Countries: What is the Role of the G20?

| 26 May 2017
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Inequality, Tax Competition, Tax Expenditures
For many countries in the developing world, tax exemptions are considered a crucial instrument for stimulating private local investment and, mainly, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. According to the point of view that promotes tax expenditures as a convenient tool for achieving these goals, ... continue reading

Intellectual Property Boxes and the Paradox of Price Discrimination

| 15 May 2017
Fiscal, Working Papers | Tags: Corporate Taxes, Innovation, Patent Boxes, Tax Competition, Tax Expenditures
This paper considers the methods by which some existing laws and proposals offer different tax rates to different types of capital, a scheme variously known as a patent box, innovation box, or intellectual property box (IP box). It presents a model of international tax competition—what ... continue reading

Before We Reform Tax Policy, We Need to Know What Is Working

| 9 March 2017
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Tax Expenditures
Congress and President Trump are embarking on what is likely to be a major rewrite of the federal income tax code. Yet, neither they nor anyone else knows whether the hundreds of tax preferences embedded in the law accomplish their stated purposes. ... continue reading