August 1, 1968

Tax Harmonization in Europe and U.S. Business

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Research Publication No. 16

Foreword The European Economic Community member countries, West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, are scheduled to adopt a common value-added tax system by January 1, 1970. The value-added tax has been discussed in a previous Tax Foundation publication, “Federal Non-Income Taxes.”

The purpose of the present study is to analyze the effect European tax harmonization is expected to have on U.S. business. The Unites States, which for over thirty years has been working to reduce barriers to international trade, faces a particularly difficult problem of non-tariff barriers in the form of European border taxes. The border tax issue requires detailed work and discussion in the choice of U.S. policies that might effectively offset trade distortions resulting from European tax harmonization.

Dr. Guenter Schindler, Senior Research Analyst, had primary responsibility for drafting this study.