Умные налоги

АФИНЫ/БЕРЛИН. Правительства стран Европейского Союза и во всем мире сталкиваются с возникающей парадоксальной ситуацией наподобие «ловушки 22»: жерновами государственного долга у них на шее, требующими от них сокращения дефицита путем сокращения расходов и повышения налогов. Но это препятствует потребительским расходам, необходимым для повышения экономической активности и придания толчка к росту. Поскольку дискуссия смещается от строгой экономии к мерам, направленным на стимулирование роста, потребуется умное налогообложение для достижения правильного баланса.

Когда правительства думают над решением трудной задачи повышения налогов, они обычно думают о подоходном налоге, налогах на бизнес и налогах на добавленную стоимость (НДС). Однако есть и другие налоги, которые могут привлечь значительную сумму доходов с гораздо менее негативным воздействием на экономику. Это налоги, которые правительство уже взимает с электроэнергии и ископаемого топлива.

Такие налоги играют важную роль в сокращении выбросов парниковых газов, которые вызывают изменение климата. Но последние исследования показывают, что они также могут сыграть важную роль в повышении государственных доходов при минимальных издержках для экономического роста.

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