Monday, April 30, 2018

Shughart on Selective Consumption Taxes in the US

William F. Shughart, Utah State University, has posted The Theory and Practice of Selective Consumption Taxation, which appears in For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Adam J. Hoffer and Todd Nesbit (Mercatus Center, George Mason University, 2018), 19-39:
America’s history of selective consumption taxes dates back to the colonial era, when revolutionaries protested against taxes on tea and paper goods. While the Revolution was prompted in part by opposition to selective consumption taxes, this chapter describes how Alexander Hamilton implemented a selective consumption tax on whiskey to cover the American war debt shortly after America won its independence. The whiskey tax had characteristics common to selective consumption taxes we see today.