Taxation and the Peer-to-Peer Economy

37 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2017

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Aqib Aslam

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Alpa Shah

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

The growth of the peer-to-peer (P2P) economy over the last decade has captivated both stock markets and policymakers alike. While the means for transacting might be different to existing firm structures-with the emergence of digital platforms that connect individual buyers and sellers directly-the tax behavior of individuals operating in this new economy are very familiar. What is clear is that while the P2P economy has potentially exacerbated existing policy, administrative, and revenue-mobilization challenges associated with small business taxation-such as the choice of the tax base and how to set tax thresholds-, the technology behind P2P platforms presents a valuable opportunity to eventually solve them.

Keywords: JEL Classification Numbers: D23, D47, H2, L1 Keywords: Digital platforms, direct tax, indirect tax, peer-to-peer markets, tax compliance, transaction costs, Digital platforms, Market Design, General

JEL Classification: D23, D47, H20, L10

Suggested Citation

Aslam, Aqib and Shah, Alpa, Taxation and the Peer-to-Peer Economy (August 2017). IMF Working Paper No. 17/187. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3030778

Aqib Aslam (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

700 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Alpa Shah

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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