Working Papers


  • 13-March-2018

    English

  • 22-February-2018

    English

    Loss Carryover Provisions: Measuring Effects on Tax Symmetry and Automatic Stabilisation

    This paper presents data on carryover provisions in 34 countries and compares their effects on the basis of two comparable indices. Empirical results show that in most countries corporate tax is not perfectly symmetric, suggesting the existence of tax-induced distortions towards less risky investments.

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  • 15-February-2018

    English

    Statutory tax rates on dividends, interest and capital gains: The debt equity bias at the personal level

    This paper presents statutory tax rates on several forms of capital income, including dividends, interest on bonds and bank accounts, and capital gains on shares and real property, including integration between the corporate and personal levels. It updates the rates from an earlier tax working paper and extends the analysis to consider the debt-equity bias of the tax system when the personal level of taxation is considered.

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  • 15-November-2017

    English

    Permit allocation rules and investment incentives in emissions trading systems

    This paper asks whether free allocation of tradable emission permits in emissions trading systems can weaken emission abatement incentives for firms.

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  • 18-September-2017

    English

    Legal tax liability, legal remittance responsibility and tax incidence: Three dimensions of business taxation

    This paper examines the role of businesses in the tax system. In addition to being taxed directly, businesses act as withholding agents and remitters of tax on behalf of others. Yet the share of tax revenue that businesses remit to governments outside of direct tax liabilities is under-studied.

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  • 5-July-2017

    English

    Tax Policy Working Papers

    Working papers from the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration of the OECD covering the full range of tax policy related issues.

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  • 14-December-2016

    English

    The impact of tax and benefit systems on the workforce participation

    This paper examines the impact of tax and benefit systems on the incentives for second earners to enter formal employment. The paper highlights how various tax design features create greater participation disincentives for second earners than for primary earners or single individuals.

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  • 11-November-2016

    English

    Distinguishing between normal and excess returns for tax policy

    This paper explores the practical challenges tax policy analysts face when trying to apply differential taxation to “normal” and “excess” returns. The distinction between these two elements is being increasingly used in tax policy. The problem is that there is no clear definition for a “normal” return.

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  • 13-September-2016

    English

    Fiscal incentives for R&D and innovation in a diverse world

    Fiscal incentives, including tax policies, should be directed at specific barriers, impediments or synergies to facilitate the desired level of investment in R&D and innovations. Without careful design, policies can have unintended consequences such as favouring incumbent firms, encouraging small firms to undertake less efficient activities, or creating arbitrage and rent-seeking activity.

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  • 20-July-2016

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    Flyer: Tax Design for Inclusive Economic Growth

    In the context of the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative, this paper seeks to re-assess the policy recommendations stemming from the 2008 Tax and Economic Growth report, which focused on the impact of taxes on economic growth from an efficiency perspective, to more explicitly take account of equity considerations.

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