Simplifying Tax Laws as a Result of Budgeting and Accounting for Tax Incentives Differently

Australian Tax Forum, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 707-724, 2006

18 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2011

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Sigrid Hemels

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law; Lund University School of Economics and Management

Date Written: January 7, 2007

Abstract

Most tax lawyers are not very fond of tax incentives. When talking about simplifying taxes, an initial approach might be to abolish tax incentives. However, in some cases this abolishment may cause the loss of a useful and effective instrument for government policy. A good example of a policy field that can benefit from certain tax incentives is cultural policy.

The advantages that some tax incentives offer do not mean that no tax incentives should be abolished. It is important that all tax incentives are evaluated on a regular basis to check whether they are (still) in line with policy goals and whether they are (still) the most efficient and most effective way of achieving these goals. Currently this is not always the case. To solve this problem the article proposes a change to the way in which tax incentives are budgeted and accounted for, which should give an incentive to evaluate tax incentives in a similar way as that in which direct subsidies are evaluated. The side effect of this change could be the abolishment of certain tax incentives and the simplification of tax laws.

Keywords: tax law, tax incentives, cultural policy

JEL Classification: K34, H21

Suggested Citation

Hemels, Sigrid, Simplifying Tax Laws as a Result of Budgeting and Accounting for Tax Incentives Differently (January 7, 2007). Australian Tax Forum, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 707-724, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1959838

Sigrid Hemels (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Law ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.esl.eur.nl/profile/profiel_metis/1112068

Lund University School of Economics and Management ( email )

Lund

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