Trends and Future Directions in Tax Policy Reform : A Latin American Perspective

Author/Editor:

Parthasarathi Shome

Publication Date:

June 1, 1992

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Summary:

Tax reform in Latin America during the 1980s emphasized broad-based, low-rate consumption taxes over steeply progressive income and property taxes, primarily to simplify the tax structure and facilitate tax administration. While tax reform need not necessarily raise tax-to-GDP ratios, countries that undertook tax reform experienced a higher revenue gain in terms of GDP relative to those that did not. Tax reform issues during the 1990s will include a minimum income tax, alternative corporate taxes (cash flow tax, assets tax), capturing difficult tax bases (financial intermediation, property), environment taxes, extending withholding as a taxing mechanism, and tax harmonization.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/43

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846263/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0431992

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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