Brooklyn Journal of International Law

First Page



Value-added tax is occasionally proffered as an alternative or even an addition to the federal income tax system. Value-added tax, or VAT, is widely accepted throughout Europe and indeed the world, but the United States remains a notable exception. This choice remains an intriguing one to revisit from time to time. This Note, however, will argue that VAT is arguably a by-product of the colonial frameworks that once dominated our global consciousness, and therefore, that VAT is not right for the United States. The Note will, where appropriate, compare and contrast key differences between the system, or systems, of taxation at work in the United States and VAT. The Note ultimately reaches the conclusion that a switch to (or even from) VAT is unlikely to be practical.