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  • Type External Book
  • Date 1 January 2015


Why are tax systems so complex? What are the causes of tax law complexity? What are the consequences? Why is tax simplification so difficult to achieve? These, and related questions, lie at the core of this volume on tax simplification featuring chapters by leading tax experts around the world. The quest for simplicity – or at least some move towards simplification – has been a fixation of governments and others for many years, but little appears to have been achieved. Tax simplification is the most widely quoted but the least widely observed of the usually stated goals of policy (equity and efficiency being the others). It has been used (and abused) as a primary justification for tax reform over the last century, and typically it is seen as ‘a good thing’ – to say that one is in favour of tax simplification is tantamount to stating that one is in favour of good as opposed to evil.

The volume explores all aspects of tax complexity and simplification, from policy through law to practice. It is both theoretical and practical, providing key insights that can help the reader to understand tax complexity, assess its impact and identify potential means by which tax simplification can be attained – or at least complexity can be contained.

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Wolter Skluwer


Fatih Yılmaz

Senior Research Associate Dr. Yilmaz is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Powerprogram. His current research agenda aims to… Dr. Yilmaz is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Powerprogram. His current research agenda aims to enhance our understanding of the financial and economic consequences of the global energy transition towards renewables, and to design effective policies to balance financial risks and growth prospects. Prior to joining KAPSARC, Dr. Yilmaz had worked as an economist in the Structural Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, where he actively involved in the research and the design of policies for the private and banking sectors. He had also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and took responsibilities in various consulting projects for the Canadian and Turkish Governments. As an academic, he had spent a year as an assistant professor at the ADA University and worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Calgary and at the Western Illinois University, where he had taught several courses in economics and econometrics. Dr. Yilmaz has authored various academic and policy articles, and book chapters in the past. He has involved in the organization of conferences and workshops, and acted as a referee for many academic journals.


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