Would Environmental Taxes by Any Other Name Smell Sweet?

21 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015


The concept of environmental tax is becoming very broad referring to many different fiscal measures that are, firstly, not always taxes per se and, secondly, not always strictly related to the environment. This leads to its lack of clarity. This article is aimed at underlining that we need a common framework for defining environmental taxes in order to avoid an improper use of this term and, after analyzing the actual definitions of environmental taxes in the international context, it will propose an alternative approach to the matter.

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Pitrone, Federica, Would Environmental Taxes by Any Other Name Smell Sweet?. WU International Taxation Research Paper Series No. 2015-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2560789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2560789

Federica Pitrone (Contact Author)

Maastricht University ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, Limburg 6200MD

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