The Tax System in India: Could Reform Spur Growth?

 
Author/Editor: Poirson, Hélène
 
Publication Date: April 01, 2006
 
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Summary: This paper assesses the effects of India's tax system on growth, through the level and productivity of private investment. Comparison of India's indicators of effective tax rates and tax revenue productivity with other countries shows that the Indian tax system is characterized by: (1) a high dependence on indirect taxes, (2) low average effective tax rates and tax productivity, and (3) high marginal effective tax rates and large tax-induced distortions on investment and financing decisions. The paper finds that the most recently proposed package of reforms would improve tax productivity and lower the marginal tax burden and tax-induced distortions. But firms that rely on internal sources of funds or face problems borrowing would continue to face high marginal tax rates.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 06/93
Subject(s): Economic growth | India | Tax policy | Tax reforms | Indirect taxation | Tax rates

Author's Keyword(s): Growth | tax policy | tax reform
 
English
Publication Date: April 01, 2006
ISBN/ISSN: 0 / 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2006093 Pages: 22
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