DP9320 | Efficiency and Equity Effects of Taxing the Financial Sector: Lessons from a CGE Model for Belgium

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27/01/2013

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This paper assesses the effects of applying VAT or a sales tax on (intermediate or final) sales of the financial sector. It uses a CGE Model calibrated for a small open economy. It highlights the differentiated sectoral and redistributional effects of these taxes and shows the importance of the financial openness of the economy on these results.