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Value Added Tax
A Comparative Approach

2nd Edition

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Part of Cambridge Tax Law Series

  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617629

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  • This book integrates legal, economic, and administrative materials about the value added tax (VAT) to present the only comparative approach to the study of VAT law. The comparative presentation of this volume offers an analysis of policy issues relating to tax structure and tax base as well as insights into how cases arising out of VAT disputes have been resolved. Its principal purpose is to provide comprehensive teaching tools – laws, cases, analytical exercises, and questions drawn from the experience of countries and organizations around the world. This second edition includes new VAT-related developments in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia and adds new chapters on VAT avoidance and evasion and on China's VAT. Designed to illustrate, analyze, and explain the principal theoretical and operating features of value added taxes, including their adoption and implementation, this book will be an invaluable resource for tax practitioners and government officials.

    • Focuses on comparative taxation and major VAT systems around the world
    • Covers China's complex value added tax and business tax systems
    • Based on the authors' decades of experience drafting and implementing VATs, advising countries on VAT, and authoring books on VAT
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617629
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 23 tables 87 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Forms of consumption-based taxes and altering the tax base
    3. Varieties of VAT in use
    4. Registration, taxpayer, and taxable business activity
    5. Taxable supplies of goods and services and tax invoices
    6. The tax credit mechanism
    7. Introduction to cross-border aspects of VAT
    8. Timing and valuation rules
    9. Zero rating and exemptions and government entities and nonprofit organizations
    10. VAT evasion and avoidance
    11. Gambling and financial services (other than insurance)
    12. Insurance
    13. Real property
    14. An anatomy of China's VAT
    15. Interjurisdictional aspects of VAT in federal countries and common markets.

  • Authors

    Alan Schenk, Wayne State University School of Law
    Alan Schenk is a distinguished professor at Wayne State University Law School. He has taught VAT at other universities in the United States and abroad. Schenk is the author of numerous articles and of several books on value added tax and goods and services tax, in addition to the first edition of this book, which was co-authored with the late Oliver Oldman. For the past eighteen years, he served as a technical advisor for the IMF's legal department, drafting VAT laws and regulations. He has consulted for foreign governments, testified before the US Congress, and served as an expert in arbitrations involving VAT.

    Victor Thuronyi, Duke University School of Law
    Victor Thuronyi served as lead counsel (taxation) in the IMF's legal department until 2013, where he coordinated the department's program of technical assistance in tax law, focusing on drafting new tax laws or on substantial revision of existing ones, as well as continuing to teach. He is the author of Comparative Tax Law (2003) and numerous articles and book chapters on tax law and policy, and he is the editor of and a contributing author to Tax Law Design and Drafting (2000).

    Wei Cui, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Wei Cui is an associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to 2013, he taught and practiced law in Beijing and assisted Chinese government agencies on a variety of tax legislative and regulatory matters involving business and individual income taxation, the VAT, and tax administration. He served as senior tax counsel for the China Investment Corporation between 2009 and 2010, and he is a current member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association.

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