Are we heading towards a corporate tax system fit for the 21st century?

Devereux, Michael and Vella, John (2014) Are we heading towards a corporate tax system fit for the 21st century? Fiscal Studies, 35 (4). pp. 449-475.

Abstract

The most significant problems with the existing system for taxing the profit of multinational companies stem from two related sources. First, the underlying ‘1920s compromise’ for allocating the rights to tax profit between countries is both inappropriate and increasingly hard to implement in a modern economic setting. Second, because the system is based on taxing mobile activities, it invites countries to compete with each other to attract economic activity and to favour ‘domestic’ companies. The OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative essentially seeks to close loopholes rather than to re-examine these fundamental problems. As a consequence, it is unlikely to generate a stable long-run tax system. We briefly outline some more fundamental alternative reforms.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: corporate taxation
Subject(s): Taxation
Centre: Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 14:26
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:08
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5176

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