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Consumption tax

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Consumption Tax

A tax only on income that one spends on goods and services. A common example of a consumption tax is a sales tax. Most countries have consumption taxes at some level and proposals exist in the United States to shift from a mainly progressive tax system to a system that utilizes consumption taxes predominantly or exclusively. Proponents of a consumption tax argue that it encourages saving and makes the economy more efficient, while opponents maintain that it adversely affects the poor, who must, by necessity, spend more of their income.
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consumption tax

A tax levied on individual commodities or services and included as part of the retail price of those commodities or services paid by consumers. For example, a 25¢ tax levied on a pack of cigarettes is a consumption tax. Consumption taxes are advocated by many people as an inducement to increase savings in the economy. These people argue that the present taxation of income penalizes savers and rewards spenders. Compare excise tax, value-added tax.
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They design an experiment in which subjects vote for either a mixture of income and consumption taxes, in which the consumption tax is fully enforced and the income tax is not enforced at all, or an income tax scheme that cannot be enforced.
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One way to see that a flat tax is closely related to the other consumption taxes is to note that the flat tax is essentially a two-part VAT.
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Everyone who took Economics 101 knows that consumption taxes are regressive, because the poor consume a far larger proportion of their income than the rich.
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The value-added tax in Europe and state sales taxes in this country prove that consumption taxes can be accepted.