Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82668
Authors: 
Pirttilä, Jukka
Selin, Håkan
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Uppsala University 2006:26
Abstract: 
Dual income tax systems have become increasingly popular; yet, relatively little is <p> known about the consequences of implementing such tax systems. This paper uses a representative panel of taxpayers from the 1993 Finnish tax reform to measure how overall taxable income and the relative shares of capital income and labour income reacted to the reform. The Finnish tax reform appears to be particularly suitable for analysing the effect of separating labour and capital income tax bases. The reform radically reduced the marginal tax rates on capital income to some, but not all, taxpayers, while the taxation of labour income was not reformed at the same time. We find that the reform led to a small positive impact on overall taxable income, but part of the positive response was probably offset by income shifting among the self-employed.
Subjects: 
Taxable income
income shifting
dual tax system
JEL: 
C21
H21
H31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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