Taxation of Goods and Services in Sweden (1862–2013)

Reprint No. 2015:33

Author(s): Mikael StenkulaYear: 2015 Title: Swedish Taxation: Developments since 1862 Chapter: 4Editor(s): Magnus Henrekson and Mikael StenkulaPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanCity: New York Pages: 179–222
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This chapter presents annual Swedish time series data regarding consumption taxes; that is, the indirect taxation of goods and services, for the 1862–2013 period. As a share of total state tax revenue, consumption tax revenue was high at the beginning of the period, although as a share of GDP, it was rather low. By the end of the period, the consumption tax revenue was much higher when measured as a share of GDP, but somewhat smaller when measured as a share of total state tax revenue. The mix of consumption taxes also shifted with an emphasis on custom duties and on alcohol-related taxes at the beginning of the examined period, and an emphasis on energy and environmental taxes and on a value added tax by the end of the period.

Stenkula, Mikael (2015), "Taxation of Goods and Services in Sweden (1862–2013)". Chapter 4, pp. 179–222 in Magnus Henrekson and Mikael Stenkula, eds., Swedish Taxation: Developments since 1862. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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