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Problems and Promise of Smart Cards in Taxation

Cowell, Frank A.


The potential impact of smart cards is examined in the context of a standard model of direct and indirect taxation. The distinction between the two types of tax is made in terms of the information required to implement them. Electronic cards in general are understood as devices for enriching and certifying information related to individuals and transactions. Smart cards are a subclass of these that may perform additional functions, including dynamic updating and linking of disparate datasets.


Cowell, Frank A. (2008), Problems and Promise of Smart Cards in Taxation, National Tax Journal, 61:4, pp. 865-82

DOI: dx.doi.org/10.17310/ntj.2008.4S.05