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This Article considers some possible implications for the international tax regime based on three major proposals in the United States which would abolish the U.S. corporate and personal income taxes and implement in their place a type of consumption tax. It describes the three main proposals and the potential international implications. The Article discusses the possible impact of tax reform on the U.S. tax treaty network and concludes that our treaty partners would be entitled to terminate their treaties with the U.S. if it abolished the income tax. The author concludes by addressing the question whether the effect of the consumption tax proposals on the international tax regime will be positive or negative.


Reproduced with permission. Originally published in Reformot mas -- רפורמות מס as: Avi-Yonah, Reuven S. "From Income to Consumption Tax: Some International Implications." In Tax Reforms (translated title), edited by D. Gliksberg, 395-426. Jerusalem: Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, 2005. This article is a revised and updated version of an article by the same name in 33 San Diego L. Revieew 1329 (1996) available at

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