Revenue Sharing and Information Exchange Under Non-Discriminatory Taxation

CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-69

17 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2005

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Michael Keen

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Jenny E. Ligthart

Tilburg University - CentER, Department of Economics; University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

The international exchange of tax information, and its merits compared to withholding taxes, is the central topic in current debates in international tax policy. The purpose of this paper is to characterize and compare the tax regimes that emerge with and without information exchange, under the assumption that countries are unable to differentiate between the taxes they apply to residents and non-residents. It focuses in particular on the role of asymmetries in country size (capturing a key feature of tax havens) and on the impact and potential desirability of schemes to share the revenue raised by withholding (as under the new EU savings tax arrangements) or (more innovatively) as a consequence of information exchange. It is shown that (irrespective of country size difference) Pareto efficiency requires that all revenue collected from nonresidents be transferred to the residence country which would require taking the EU practice even further from the norm, but is currently the norm in relation to information exchange. A withholding scheme with revenue fully reallocated in this way Pareto dominates information sharing, whatever the allocation under the latter. Comparing schemes in which there is no revenue sharing, however, shows that information exchange Pareto dominates simple withholding.

Keywords: Revenue sharing, tax information exchange, tax competition, international tax evasion, withholding taxes

JEL Classification: H77, H87, F42

Suggested Citation

Keen, Michael and Ligthart, Jenny E., Revenue Sharing and Information Exchange Under Non-Discriminatory Taxation (June 2005). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=756370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.756370

Michael Keen

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fiscal Affairs Department ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Jenny E. Ligthart (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - CentER, Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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