Taxation of Interest Income, Deregulation and the Banking Industry

  • Author(s): CARL E. WALSH
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1529-1542
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1983.tb03839.x


Removing interest rate ceilings on bank deposits or reducing the tax rate applicable to the interest earned on such deposits are alternative means of increasing the after‐tax return to depositors. These alternatives, however, have differing impacts on the structure of a competitive banking industry. This paper develops a model which focuses on a bank's choice between paying an explicit interest rate on its deposits and paying a return in the form of services. The model allows banks to differ in their production technologies and depositors in their marginal tax rates and preferences for services. The effects of tax rate changes and a ceiling on the explicit deposit interest rate are analyzed.

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