Do Mobile Pensioners Threaten the Deferred Taxation of Savings?

19 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011

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Volker Meier

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Andreas Wagener

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Economics and Business Administration Area; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: October 25, 2011

Abstract

We investigate optimal taxation of lifetime income with and without an emigration option during old age. The government sets the rates of deferred taxation and of possibly reduced taxation of interest. If agents are immobile, the optimal policy consists in full deferral of income taxes on savings and a full taxation of interest. Mobility of the old calls for lower degrees of deferral and reduced taxation of interest. However, the optimum never entails full immediate taxation of savings in combination with full tax exemption on capital income.

Keywords: deferred taxation, income tax, savings, migration

JEL Classification: H210, H240, H260

Suggested Citation

Meier, Volker and Wagener, Andreas, Do Mobile Pensioners Threaten the Deferred Taxation of Savings? (October 25, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3617. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949061

Volker Meier (Contact Author)

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Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich ( email )

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Munich
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Andreas Wagener

Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover - Economics and Business Administration Area ( email )

Koenigsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.CESifo.de

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

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