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The Deficit-Reducing Potential of a Financial Speculation Tax

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Publication Date: January 2011

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)
Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)

Keywords: budget deficit; tax; Wall Street; transactions tax

Coverage: United States


While a number of commissions and organizations around Washington have produced plans for reducing the projected deficit in the decades ahead, most have not included a financial speculation tax (FST) in the mix. This seems peculiar since an FST has several features that could make it attractive as a revenue source.


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