Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tax policy in a service economy

Services now account for over three-fourths of GDP, and the percentage keeps rising. This has dire consequences for states that depend on sales taxes for revenue. The North Carolina General Assembly struggled with this issue last year and was not able to come up with a resolution. States face a simple choice: broaden the tax base to include services and charge a lower, less distortionary rate or continue to raise the tax rate on an ever shrinking base. Yesterday's WSJ reports how various states are addressing this issue. Of course all taxes have some distortionary effects, but lower rates and broader bases are generally regarded as pluses.

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