Taxation of Petroleum Products : Theory and Empirical Evidence

Author/Editor:

Poonam Gupta ; Walter Mahler

Publication Date:

March 1, 1994

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Summary:

The domestic taxation of petroleum products is an important source of revenue in most countries. However, there is a wide variation of tax rates on petroleum products across countries, which cannot be explained by economic theory alone. This paper surveys different considerations advanced for taxing petroleum and presents petroleum tax rate data in 120 countries. It concludes that a significant reduction in the present extremely wide variation in petroleum prices and tax rates appears warranted.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/32

Notes:

Presents petroleum tax rate data in 120 countries.

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451979756/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0321994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

58

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