A Simulation Method to Measure the Tax Burden on Highly Skilled Manpower
Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Center for European Economic Research (ZEW); University of Magdeburg
ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 04-059
A model is presented for simulating the tax burden on highly skilled manpower. The effective average tax rate, defined as the relative wedge between total remuneration and disposable income, is computed. Income and payroll taxes and social security contributions not yielding an equivalent benefit are taken into account. The compensation package consists of cash payments and old-age provision. To integrate retirement benefits and their tax treatment, an inter-temporal approach is used. The results indicate that Germany and France have higher tax burdens than the UK and the USA, that Germany grants the strongest tax relief for families, and that occupational pension plans are favourable in all countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Personal income tax, highly skilled employees, effective tax burden, pensions
JEL Classification: H24, H21, H55working papers series
Date posted: September 7, 2004 ; Last revised: August 14, 2008
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