Taxing wealth: general principles, international perspectives and lessons for Brazil

Tributação da riqueza: princípios gerais, perspectivas internacionais e lições para o Brasil

MARC MORGAN PEDRO CARVALHO JUNIORAbout the authors

ABSTRACT

The international debate on wealth taxation has been subject to renewed interest amid new proposals coming out of the US electoral cycle and the salience of wealth inequality. This article reviews the case for taxing wealth and its transfer across generations (wealth and inheritance taxes), analyzing their design from an international comparative perspective, and extracting lessons for Brazil. The long-debated “Tax on Large Fortunes” has never been implemented and the state-level “Tax on Inheritances” has been watered down over time. We propose a framework for the progressive implementation and reform of both taxes in the country. We argue, given the historical record and current research, that they are technically and administratively feasible propositions, notwithstanding important political economy considerations.

KEYWORDS:
Wealth tax; inheritance tax; inequality

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