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VAT Notches, Voluntary Registration, and Bunching
Theory and UK Evidence

by Li Liu, Ben Lockwood, Miguel Almunia, and Eddy H.F. Tam

Series:Working Paper No. 19/205
ISBN 9781513513812
Code: #WPIEA2019205

Publication year: 2019

Cdn: $27.00; US: $25.00
Language: English
78 pages
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Using administrative tax records for UK businesses, we document both bunching in annual turnover below the VAT registration threshold and persistent voluntary registration by almost half of the firms below the threshold. We develop a conceptual framework that can simultaneously explain these two apparently conflicting facts. The framework also predicts that higher intermediate input shares, lower product-market competition and a lower share of business to consumer (B2C) sales lead to voluntary registration. The predictions are exactly the opposite for bunching. We test the theory using linked VAT and corporation tax records from 2004-2014, finding empirical support for these predictions.
VAT Notches, Voluntary Registration, and Bunching
Cdn: $27.00; US: $25.00
International Monetary Fund (IMF) BookID: 126012 Added: 2019.10.7