Taxation of Capital Gains : A Review of the Main Issues

Author/Editor:

Krister Andersson

Publication Date:

October 1, 1991

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Summary:

This paper reviews the main issues that needs to be addressed in the taxation of capital gains. The main focus of the paper is on the tax treatment of capital gains in the United States. The impact of inflation on asset values and the taxation of gains have led to calls for an inflation-adjusted taxation of capital gains. Others have called for the exclusion of a part of the nominal gains from taxation. This paper argues that if the exclusion method is used, the exclusion rate should increase as the holding period gets longer.

Series:

Working Paper No. 91/103

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1991

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451948042/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1031991

Format:

Paper

Pages:

29

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