Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/198783
Authors: 
Genser, Bernd
Holzmann, Robert
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper No. 7423
Publisher: 
Center for Economic Studies and ifo Institute (CESifo), Munich
Abstract: 
Strong evidence shows that the existing pattern of cross-border pension taxation in OECD countries and beyond is extremely diverse and inconsistent, generating a double fairness dilemma for individuals and countries alike. This paper argues that this dilemma cannot be solved within the current network of double-taxation treaties. Instead, it proposes a new approach for the taxation of old-age pensions in a world of high and increasing cross-border mobility of workers and pensioners. The paper demonstrates that a coordinated move to frontloaded pension taxation and exclusive source taxation would pave the way for an international pension tax order that eliminates the double fairness dilemma. An additional innovative element of frontloaded pension taxation is presented: the decoupling of individual tax assessment and tax payment, which may help curb political opposition against frontloaded pension taxation and smooth transitional effects after its introduction.
Subjects: 
pension taxation
international taxation
international migration
double taxation convention
JEL: 
H24
H55
H87
F22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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