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Tax Evasion and the Time Consistency of the Government's Income Tax Policy

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It is shown that it is not necessarily optimal for the government to tax capital income at a high rate even when capital is in fixed supply because the supply of capital for tax purposes may be elastic if capital income tax evasion occurs. An example is given where the wage tax rate is positive and greater than the interest income tax rate even though capital is in fixed supply. Conditions are also derived under which the capital income tax rate is lower in the closed-loop policy game, where capital is fixed, than in the open-loop game, where it is not.

JEL Classification Numbers: E61, H26.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5876.00114

Affiliations: Washington State University

Publication date: June 1, 1999

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