Revenue Sharing and Information Exchange Under Non-Discriminatory Taxation

18 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2007

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Michael Keen

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Jenny E. Ligthart

Tilburg University - CentER, Department of Economics; University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: 2006-11

Abstract

The international exchange of tax information, and its merits compared to withholding taxation, has emerged as a central topic in international tax policy. We characterize and compare the outcomes that emerge, in a two-country world, with and without information exchange, under the assumption that countries are unable to tax residents and non-residents differentially. The analysis focuses on the role of asymmetries in country size (capturing a key feature of tax havens) and on the impact and potential desirability of schemes to share the revenue raised by withholding (as under the new EU savings tax arrangements) or (more innovatively) as a consequence of information exchange. We show that, irrespective of any difference in country size, it is in the interests of both countries, in terms of tax revenue, that all revenue collected from non-residents be transferred to the residence country which would entail taking the EU practice even further from the norm, but is currently the standard in relation to information exchange. A withholding scheme with revenue fully reallocated in this way gives both countries more revenue than does information sharing, whatever the allocation under the latter.

Suggested Citation

Keen, Michael and Ligthart, Jenny E., Revenue Sharing and Information Exchange Under Non-Discriminatory Taxation (2006-11). Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 109, Issue 3, pp. 487-504, September 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1031535 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2007.00502.x

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