ECO/450 Public Finance Week 7 Quiz Strayer

ECO 450 Week 7 Quiz – Strayer 

Chapter 10

Introduction to
Government Finance

True/False Questions

  1.   Taxes simultaneously ration and finance government goods and services. 

  2.   The federal government finances only half of its expenditures with taxes. 

  3.   The benefit principle argues that the means of financing government goods and services should be linked to the benefits received from those goods and services. 

  4.   Horizontal equity is achieved when individuals of the same economic capacity pay the same amount of taxes over a given period. 

  5.   A flat-rate income tax is a proportional tax on an income base. 

  6.   The marginal tax rate will eventually exceed the average tax rate if the tax rate structure is propor­tional. 

  7.   The marginal tax rate for a payroll tax is 7 percent on all wages up to $60,000 per year. The marginal tax rate for wages in excess of $60,000 per year is zero. The payroll tax is therefore a regressive tax. 

  8.   Tax evasion would be less of a problem if tax rates were lowered. 

  9.   The user charge for a congestible public good should be zero at all times. 

10.   Zero prices for price-excludable government services provide benefits only to the poor. 

11.   The gasoline tax is an example of a general tax on consumption. 

12.   For a proportional tax, the marginal tax rate is always equal to the average tax rate. 

13.   Tax avoidance is an illegal activity in the United States. 

14.   An increase in marginal tax rates is likely to increase tax evasion. 

15.   Most studies indicate that state-run lotteries are equivalent to a progressive tax on gambling. 

16.           Government activity requires the reallocation of resources from government to private use. 

17.           A flat income tax (i.e. a fixed amount paid by every taxpayer) is an example of a selective tax. 

18.           The average tax rate and marginal tax rate are the same under a progressive tax rate structure.  

Multiple Choice Questions

  1.   According to the benefit principle,

a.   taxes should be distributed according to ability to pay.

b.   user charges are an ideal source of finance for government goods and services.

c.   the progressive income tax represents the ideal way of distributing taxes among citizens.

d.   flat-rate taxes are always the best kind.

  2.   If horizontal equity is achieved in taxation,

a.   vertical equity will also be achieved.

b.   individuals of equal economic capacity will pay equal taxes.

c.   a flat-rate tax will be used.

d.   the tax system will not result in losses in efficiency in markets.

  3.   The tax base of a payroll tax is:

a.   consumer expenditures.

b.   interest income.

c.   labor income.

d.   both (b) and (c)

  4.   A 5-percent retail sales tax on all consumer purchases in a state is imposed. The sales tax is:

a.   a flat-rate tax.

b.   a tax with a regressive rate structure.

c.   levied on an income base.

d.   all of the above

  5.   A tax on the value of real estate holdings is a:

a.   selective tax on wealth.

b.   general tax on wealth.

c.   general tax on income.

d.   selective tax on income.

  6.   An excise tax is a:

a.   general consumption tax.

b.   selective consumption tax.

c.   general wealth tax.

d.   selective tax on wealth.

  7.   A proportional income tax has an average tax rate that:

a.   always is less than the marginal tax rate.

b.   always exceeds the marginal tax rate.

c.   equals the marginal tax rate at first and then becomes less than the marginal tax rate.

d.   always equals the marginal tax rate.

  8.   A payroll tax taxes a worker’s wages at 14 percent until the worker earns $60,000 per year. All labor earnings in excess of $60,000 are not subject to tax. The tax rate structure of the payroll tax is therefore:

a.   proportional.

b.   progressive.

c.   regressive.

d.   flat-rate.

  9.   A bridge becomes congested after 100 vehicles per hour use it on any day. To achieve efficiency, a toll:

a.   that charges all users of the bridge, no matter how many vehicles use it per hour, should be imposed.

b.   on additional users in excess of 100 per hour should be imposed.

c.   on all users should be imposed, if more than 100 users per hour are expected.

d.   is not required.

10.   A government prints money to finance its expenditures. As a result,

a.   the economy can operate at a point outside its production possibility curve.

b.   inflation will occur.

c.   consumers will give up private goods to finance the increased government expenditures.

d.   both (b) and (c)

11.   Taxes are likely to affect:

a.   market equilibrium.

b.   political equilibrium.

c.   the distribution of income.

d.   all of the above

12.   Taxes:

a.   are voluntary payments to governments.

b.   are unlikely to affect market supply and demand.

c.   never affect efficiency in the allocation of resources.

d.   are compulsory payments associated with certain activities.

13.   A tax on real estate is a:

a.   general wealth tax.

b.   general consumption tax.

c.   selective wealth tax.

d.   selective income tax.

14.   The marginal tax rate will eventually exceed the average tax rate for a:

a.   proportional tax.

b.   regressive tax.

c.   progressive tax.

d.   flat-rate tax.

15.   Marginal tax rates were reduced in 2001. Other things being equal, this is likely to:

a.   increase tax evasion.

b.   decrease tax evasion.

c.   have no effect on tax evasion.

d.   increase tax avoidance.


        16.   What is an example of a normative criterion that a government must trade-off in its method of


a.   Equity

b.   Efficiency

c.   Administrative ease

d.   all of the above

17.           Tax avoidance is:

a.   a means of tax evasion.

b.   a means of decreasing taxes paid by adjusting behavior.

c.   a political process explicitly for the reduction of taxation.

d.   a means to avoid tax owed.

18.           If the marginal tax rate is 20% under a proportional tax rate structure, the average tax rate:

a.   should be 20%.

b.   should be above 20%.

c.   should be below 20%.

d.   cannot be determined.

19.           If the average tax rate under a progressive tax rate structure is 35%, a possible marginal tax rate is:

a.   30%.

b.   25%.

c.   42%.

d.   not able to be determined.

20.           Which of the following countries has the highest average tax rate relative to GDP?

a.   Japan

b.   Sweden

c.   Iceland

d.   United Kingdom


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