The Impact of Losses on Income Tax Revenue and Implicit Tax Rates of Different Income Sources: Evidence from Microsimulation Using Tax Statistics for Germany

39 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2009

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Stefan Bach

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Hermann Buslei

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: November 12, 2009

Abstract

In order to calculate the burden of a comprehensive and progressive income tax falling on a certain income source, an apportionment scheme for the entire tax burden has to be chosen. This raises the question of how to deal with losses, which is relevant for Germany in view of the heavy losses from renting. Using micro data from tax statistics we analyze the income tax shares of functional income sources for three apportionment schemes. The choice of the apportionment scheme markedly affects the tax shares of income sources and the implicit tax rates, in particular those of capital income.

Keywords: Income and business income taxation, implicit tax rates by income sources

JEL Classification: H24, H25, D33

Suggested Citation

Bach, Stefan and Buslei, Hermann, The Impact of Losses on Income Tax Revenue and Implicit Tax Rates of Different Income Sources: Evidence from Microsimulation Using Tax Statistics for Germany (November 12, 2009). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 950, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1512503 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1512503

Stefan Bach (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Hermann Buslei

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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