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Suppose that in year t a proportion αt of accumulated outlays At are written off. The account thus evolves according to ∆At = Ct – αtAt, where αt can vary from year to year. Let the tax base in year t be Rt – (αt + r)At, where Rt represents cash revenues and r is the firm’s nominal discount rate (assumed constant for simplicity). The present value of the tax base thus defined will be the same as the present value of cash flows themselves, since, using the expression for ∆At, T T T ∑ ( R − (α + r ) A )(1 + r ) = ∑ ( R − C + ∆A − rA )(1 + r ) = ∑ ( R − C )(1 + r ) t t −t t t t =0 t t −t t t t =0 t −t t =0 (assuming A0 = 0).
The fundamental difficulty is simply the inability of the government to commit in advance to apply the scheme that it would be optimal to impose at the outset: a promise alone may not be credible, since investors know that the incentives even of a wholly benevolent government will change once the investment is made. While this incentive to renege on promised tax arrangements arises whenever investors incur sunk costs, the temptation will naturally tend be greater the more profitable an investment proves.
A resource tax system that aims to be efficient should tax full rents, not quasi- rents. This may be difficult to do if tax is applied only at the extraction stage, since by then only successful resource discoveries will be pursued. The full cost of resource exploitation includes the costs of unsuccessful exploration expenditures as well, and unless these are somehow treated as deductible costs for tax purposes, exploration will be inefficiently low. (The time consistency problem discussed above is precisely the temptation to tax away such quasi-rents).