What is the ethics of tax policy

Document Taxes, Ethics and Economics

BFuP No. 6 of November 15, 2007 page 625

Taxes, Ethics and Economics

From Prof. Dr. Theodor Siegel, Berlin

Normative statements on taxation can in no way be derived from a “nature of the matter”, but are based on evaluations. Their transparency is a prerequisite for the fact that arguments for the design of the tax system can be scientifically discussed. The initial evaluation of the present article corresponds to the uniform taxation of realized asset access in a central income tax; According to this, deviations require plausible, majority-capable reasons. From the multitude of tax conceptual problems, the following are discussed on this basis: the alternative income and consumption tax, questions of doubt about the uniformity of taxation, effects of the welfare state principle, family taxation and the principle of separation in corporations.

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1.1 The relevance of ethics in business taxation

Regardless of possible interjections such as “cobbler, stick to your last” and a collegial recommendation of a division of labor, statements from the economy on ethical tax-related behavior seem appropriate. Such statements concern “norms, values ​​and value judgments with which actions are regarded as positive or negative in relation to ...

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