The Economist: Bribing the taxpayer

The Economist has recently published an inspiring article on Bribing the Taxpayer regarding wasteful tax perks. Incompensation my view, the main problem is the lack of ex ante and ex post evaluations in order to assess the effectivity and efficiency of tax incentives to reach their goals. Furthermore it is not always easy to distinguish tax expenditure from deductions related to the ability to pay principle.

Many thanks to Violeta Ruiz Almendral for sharing the information.

Pedro Herrera

 

4 thoughts on “The Economist: Bribing the taxpayer

  1. Thank you very much for this article Profesor Herrera and Ms. Violeta Ruíz Almendral,

    When you say “Furthermore it is not always easy to distinguish tax expenditure from deductions related to the ability to pay principle” I think in one “fact”: No legislator exactly motivates the “why” and “based on what” is paid (or not) a tax for someone. Maybe certainly should be a legal obligation justify each of those decisions. This is the first step for to distinguish some thing from other thing: explain for us and for the others.

    The RATE at which we legislate, tax and economic rules, is “against law”. No reason to forget analize and explain the “why” of each decision. The result of this forgetfulness is legal uncertainty and distrust in people (people and markets).

    Thanks again,

    Ann

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