Undressing the Myths


  • The structure of taxation in Latin American and Caribbean countries is usually described as suffering from four major shortcomings: collection is very low, taxes are barely progressive, tax evasion is rampant, and tax administrations are very weak.1 These characteristics create a self-reinforcing vicious circle, whose deep historical roots can be found in the distribution of wealth and effective political rights in the region. 2 One of the rent-seeking mechanisms that the most affluent have imposed on the rest of society is the regressive design of the tax structure. Opportunities to evade taxes that vary greatly across income groups compound this perverse structure, shrinking the effective tax bases and resulting in low levels of revenue. 3

fecha de publicación

  • 2013


  • Palgrave Macmillan

Líneas de investigación

  • Fiscal Burden
  • Fiscal Revenue
  • Latin American Country
  • Social Security Contribution

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