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Taxing Energy

Oil Severance Taxation and the Economy

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Taxing Energy by Stephen DeCanio
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Severance taxes on the extraction of oil, gas, and other natural resources have been very popular with politicians because they appear to be 'invisible' in being spread among a large, diffuse taxpayer base. But do such taxes have serious negative consequences overlooked by legislators? Severance taxes-taxes levied upon the production of oil and natural gas-have long been popular with state governments. Such taxes are thought to have minimal impact upon the areas where petroleum wells are located, the costs of such taxes can be 'exported' to a large and dispersed consumer base in other states, and an oil or gas well can not be moved to another state where taxes are lower. Because of these factors, severance taxes seem like 'ideal' taxes for legislators to impose. But how do severance taxes work in the real world? Are they really as 'painless' as they sound? Because of the immobility of the resource being taxed, do states tend to overtax? In this provocative study, the authors survey state severance taxes and find they tend to lower petroleum production, reduce jobs in the states imposing such taxes, and have negative effects that can ripple throughout a state's economy. Severance taxes look like 'easy targets' for state governments. But as this book demonstrates-using thorough analysis-such taxes are often downright counterproductive and can actually reduce total state tax revenues.

Author Biography

Robert Deacan
Release date NZ
January 15th, 1990
Contributor
Foreword by Joseph P. Kalt
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Independent Institute,U.S.
Pages
161
Dimensions
165x241x18
ISBN-13
9780945999690
Product ID
1838214

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