Closing the Digital Divide in State Taxation: A Consumption Tax Agenda
Tax Notes State, Vol. 98, November 30, 2020
8 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last revised: 1 Apr 2021
Date Written: November 30, 2020
This article addresses how and why states should modify their current consumption taxes to better apply to transactions that occur in the digital realm. The article starts by addressing the practical and theoretical justifications for states to expand their taxes to those transactions. It then provides a roadmap for that reform and notes several potential sources of guidance for states. Specifically, the article's suggestions are focused on (1) how to best expand the state tax base, (2) addressing the sourcing of digital transactions, and (3) the administrative and legal challenges that the suggested reform proposals could create.
Keywords: state tax, tax policy, digital tax, consumption tax
JEL Classification: K34
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