Cyberconsumption taxes and electronic collection systems: A canonical consumer-delivered sales tax

This study analyzes existing consumption tax systems and proposes a new cyberconsumption tax policy called the Consumer-Delivered Sales Tax (CDS tax) for use in the electronic commerce environment. The CDS tax has the characteristics of a sales tax, but is remitted directly by the consumer without the intervention of the supplier. Seven criteria are laid out for use in designing an acceptable cybertax system: The system should be equitable and simple, ensure user confidence, prevent tax evasion and economic distortion, maintain a fair balance among countries, and not introduce a new form of taxation. All of these goals are satisfied by a version of the CDS tax termed the Canonical CDS tax. The taxation agency in the suppliers country imposes the Canonical CDS tax on consumers in a manner that is consistent in both physical-and cyberspace. The merchants software issues a tax bill to the consumers personal computer (PC) together with the bill for the consumers purchase. The consumer pays the total amount, and the tax portion of the payment is transferred to the account of the consumers tax agency in a consumer-designated bank. The study shows that the Canonical CDS tax system can be implemented using ordinary electronic payment systems, such as electronic fund transfers, electronic credit cards, and electronic cash. It also demonstrates that the Canonical CDS tax system can coexist with traditional consumption tax systems, such as the sales tax and the value-added tax.
Publisher
M.E. Sharpe Inc.
Issue Date
1999-12
Language
ENG
Citation

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE, v.4, no.2, pp.61 - 82

ISSN
1086-4415
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/4344
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MT-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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