The Pros and Cons of Income vs. Consumption Taxes

Mar 17, 2017

John Deskins, Director, West Virginia University Bureau of Business & Economic
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With lawmakers in Charleston facing a $500 million budget hole, they're debating big changes to the tax code, including eliminating the income tax and raising sales taxes. Is that wise? 

West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research Director John Deskins explains the pros and cons on this week's Front Porch Podcast.

“The difference is savings,” Deskins told WVU News. “Under a consumption tax only the money you spend on ‘stuff’ is taxed; all the money you save is tax free until you spend it in the future.” And savings can lead to more economic growth over the long term. The downside of higher consumption taxes, he says, is the impact it has on low-income families.

 

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