Tax Policy Reform and Economic Growth
OECD Tax Policy Studies No. 20
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Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010.
|In the wake of the recent financial and economic
crisis, many OECD countries face the challenge of restoring public finances
while still supporting growth. This report investigates how tax structures can
best be designed to support GDP per capita growth.
The analysis suggests a tax and economic growth ranking order according to which corporate taxes are the most harmful type of tax for economic growth, followed by personal income taxes and then consumption taxes, with recurrent taxes on immovable property being the least harmful tax. Growth-oriented tax reform measures include tax base broadening and a reduction in the top marginal personal income tax rates. Some degree of support for R&D through the tax system may help to increase private spending on innovation.
But implementing pro-growth tax reforms may not be easy. This report identifies those public and political economy tax reform strategies that will allow policy makers to reconcile differing tax policy objectives and overcome obstacles to reform. It stresses that with clear vision, strong leadership and solid tax policy analysis, growth-oriented tax reform can indeed be realized.
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