Taxation of Income from Capital

Dale W. Jorgenson and Kun‐Young Yun

in Tax Reform and the Cost of Capital

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198285939
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596490 | DOI:

Series: The Lindahl Lectures

 Taxation of Income from Capital

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Features of the US tax system and law are employed to illustrate the complexities that arise in practical discussions of tax policy: the tax treatment is considered of income from assets held by households, non-corporate businesses and corporations under US tax law, and for assets held in each sector an appropriate cost of capital and rate of return is defined. The chapter begins with the household sector, where the taxation of income from capital takes its simplest form. The taxation of income from non-corporate business is then considered — this is treated as fully distributed to its owners (individual income tax). Next, an analysis is made of the taxation of corporate income, which requires the integration of provisions of individual and corporate income tax laws. The last two sections of the chapter discuss tax reform and alternative approaches.

Keywords: capital income taxation; capital income; corporate businesses; corporate income taxation; household taxation; households; individual income tax; non-corporate businesses; tax policy; tax reform; US tax system; USA

Chapter.  9814 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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