Fiscal, Distributional and Efficiency Impacts of Land and Property Taxes

Land taxes are known to be among the most efficient forms of taxation since land is an immobile factor; property (capital value) taxes are less efficient owing to the tax on improvements. However there is little international (or New Zealand) evidence regarding the distributional impacts of land and property taxes. Nor is there much New Zealand evidence on their potential fiscal implications or about the taxes' impacts on asset values and debt positions.

We explore impacts that may arise from a range of land and property taxes that differ across certain features (e.g. comprehensiveness and degree of grand-fathering). Both partial and general equilibrium models are used. The results provide a basis for considering alternative taxation options involving land or property taxes.

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Coleman, Andrew and Arthur Grimes. 2010. Fiscal, distributional and efficiency impacts of land and property taxes New Zealand Economic Papers, Volume 44, Issue 2

New Zealand Economic Papers

Volume 44Issue 2, 2010