Taxation on Nuclear Waste in Spain
International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy
Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2014, Pages: 96-103
Received: Jan. 24, 2014; Accepted: Apr. 8, 2014; Published: Apr. 10, 2014
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José A. Rozas, Financial and Tax Law Dept., University of Barcelona, Spain
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Fiscal Measures for Energy Sustainability Act 15/2012, modified by 16/2013 Act, established in Spain four new environmental taxes and extended the scope objective excise duties on mineral oils to tax the use of natural gas and coal as sources of electricity. One of the newly created taxes falls on all electric power producers, and has as tax base the turnover. The second one tax hydropower production and the other two fall on the nuclear industry. So, there are two new taxes in Spain on the production of electricity from nuclear sources. The first one is a tax on nuclear waste production; the second one is a tax on the storage of nuclear waste. However, these are not the only levies in the Spanish tax system affecting nuclear waste. At the State level there are already several charges on nuclear waste. At the regional level, on the other hand, two Autonomous Communities were taxing nuclear waste. The creation of these new State taxes will finish with the regional taxes, but the State will be oblige to compensate these regions for losing revenues. The purpose of this work is to carry out a critical analysis of the Spanish system of taxation on nuclear waste.
Environmental Taxes, Nuclear Waste, Spanish Tax System
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José A. Rozas, Taxation on Nuclear Waste in Spain, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2014, pp. 96-103. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepp.20140202.16
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