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Why has the UK corporation tax raised so much revenue?

Devereux, M.P.; Griffith, R.; Klemm, A.; (2004) Why has the UK corporation tax raised so much revenue? (IFS Working Papers W04/04). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

We analyse a puzzle in the UK corporation tax: by both historic and international standards corporation tax revenues have been high while the statutory rate has been low. Possible explanations include the following: changes in tax law that may have increased effective tax rates; other factors such as higher profitability or different macro-economic conditions may have led to higher effective tax rates; and finally the size of the corporate sector may have increased. We find evidence for all three explanations, although none would be sufficient in itself. To the extent that higher profits, particularly financial sector profits may have led to high revenues, there are doubts as to whether revenues will continue to be so strong.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Why has the UK corporation tax raised so much revenue?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/wps/wp0404.pdf
Language: English
Keywords: JEL classification: H25. Corporation tax, revenue
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2901
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