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B-Tax

B-Tax is a model that can be used to evaluate the effect of US federal taxes on the investment incentives of corporate and non-corporate businesses. Specifically, B-Tax uses data on the business assets and financial policy, as well as microdata on individual tax filers, to compute marginal effective tax rates on new investments. In modeling the effects of changes to the individual income tax code, B-Tax works with Tax-Calculator, another open source model of US federal tax policy. B-Tax is written in Python, an interpreted language that can execute on Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Disclaimer

Results will change as the underlying models improve. A fundamental reason for adopting open source methods in this project is so that people from all backgrounds can contribute to the models that our society uses to assess economic policy; when community-contributed improvements are incorporated, the model will produce different results.

Using/contributing to B-Tax

There are two common ways to get started with B-Tax:

The first way to use B-Tax is to download the source code and install the model on your machine. To do this, follow the following instructions:

  • Install the Anaconda distribution of Python
  • Clone this repository to a directory on your computer
  • From the terminal (or Conda command prompt), navigate to the directory to which you cloned this repository and run conda env create -f environment.yml
  • Then, source activate btax-dev
  • Then install by python setup.py install (use python setup.py develop if you would like to modifty the code base and run the updated model)
  • Navigate to ./run_examples
  • Run the model with an example reform from terminal/command prompt by typing python run_btax_example.py
  • You can adjust the ./run_examples/run_btax_example.py by adjusting the individual income tax reform (using a dictionary or JSON file in a format that is consistent with Tax Calculator) or other model parameters specified in the user_params or kwargs dictionaries.
  • Model outputs will be saved in the following files:
    • ./run_examples/base_byasset.csv
      • Cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output for the baseline policy, organized by asset.
    • ./run_examples/base_byindustry.csv
      • Cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output for the baseline policy, organized by production industry.
    • ./run_examples/reform_byasset.csv
      • Cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output for the reform policy, organized by asset.
    • ./run_examples/reform_byindustry.csv
      • Cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output for the refrom policy, organized by production industry.
    • ./run_examples/changed_byasset.csv
      • Differences in cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output between the baseline and reform reform policies, organized by asset.
    • ./run_examples/changed_byindustry.csv
      • Differences in cost of capital, marginal effective tax rates, effective average tax rates, and other model output between the baseline and reform reform policies, organized by production industry.

If you run into errors running the example script, please open a new issue in the B-Tax repo with a description of the issue and any relevant tracebacks you receive.

The second way to use B-Tax is through a web application, Cost of Capital Calculator. This way allows you to generate estimates of marginal effective tax rates and the cost of capital across production industries, type of asset, and separately for corporate and non-corporate entites and different forms of financing. The web application is limited in that you cannot consider policy reforms to the individual income tax code.

Of course, you can get started with B-Tax both ways.

Citing the B-Tax Model

B-Tax (Version 0.1.5)[Source code], https://github.com/open-source-economics/B-Tax