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The use of tax expenditures in times of fiscal consolidation

Author(s): Lovise Bauger

The use of tax expenditures in times of fiscal consolidationpdf(990 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Against the background of recovering growth and remaining fiscal consolidation needs, reforming tax expenditures may offer a promising avenue to raise revenue and, at the same time, improve efficiency of the tax systems. The workshop, held by DG ECFIN on 23 October 2013, addressed the economic and budgetary aspects of tax expenditures, including reporting practices, and discussed the rationale for business tax incentives and the distributional effects of tax reliefs in personal income taxation. The workshop was organised in two sessions: "Tax expenditures: measurement and macroeconomic implications" and "Tax expenditures in direct taxation". The proceedings gather together the views on these various dimensions of tax expenditures expressed by academics, national policy-makers and international institutions during the workshop.

(European Economy. Economic Papers 523. July 2014. Brussels. PDF. 68pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-14-523-EN-N (online)KC-AI-14-523-EN-C (print)
ISBN 978-92-79-35172-3 (online)ISBN 978-92-79-36132-6 (print)
doi: 10.2765/70314 (online)doi: 10.2765/79486 (print)

JEL classification: E62, H23, H24, H25

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.