NERI Seminar Dublin: An examination of tax shifting and ‘harmful taxes’

9 March 2016, 3:45pm - 5:30pm

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) will hold a seminar on Wednesday March 9th 2016. The details are as follows:

Topic:  An examination of tax shifting and ‘harmful taxes’

Speaker: Paul Sweeney, TASC

Date: 9th March 2016

Time: Tea and coffee from 15:50. The seminar will commence at 16:00


There is a growing view that progressive taxes on personal and corporate incomes are “harmful,” that is, detrimental to growth and to employment. This “harmful taxes” view has developed into a formidable intellectual argument to shift taxes from profits and incomes to consumption, based on a particular hierarchy of taxes.

The advocates of “harmful taxes” may be a conservative reaction against the growing public unease with increasing, secular inequality, the payment of little or no taxes by some of the richest people in the world and widespread, tax avoidance by some of the world’s most profitable and powerful multinationals.

The counterview in this seminar and paper is that the “harmful taxes” view prioritises one key principle of taxation over another. It prioritises efficiency over equity. It is also a contested viewpoint both from a principles of taxation viewpoint and on its main assertion of economic efficiency.

This seminar will examine these issues. The seminar is based on a recent publication by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) which is available here .

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