Federal User Fees: Design, Collection, Use and Evaluation Considerations

Noah R. Myers (Editor)

Series: Government Procedures and Operations
BISAC: LAW039000

The federal government will need to make the most of its resources to meet the emerging challenges of the 21st century. As new priorities emerge, policymakers have demonstrated interest in user fees as a means of financing new and existing services. User fees can be designed to reduce the burden on taxpayers to finance the portions of activities that provide benefits to identifiable users above and beyond what is normally provided to the public. By charging the costs of those programs or activities to beneficiaries, user fees can also promote economic efficiency and equity. However, to achieve these goals, user fees must be well designed. This book examines how the four key design and implementation characteristics of user fees—how fees are set, collected, used, and reviewed—may affect the economic efficiency, equity, revenue adequacy, and administrative burden of cost-based fees. (Imprint: Nova)



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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Federal User Fees: A Design Guide
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Chapter 2. Federal User Fees: Key Considerations for Designing and Implementing Regulatory Fees
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Chapter 3. Federal User Fees: Fee Design Options and Implications for Managing Revenue Instability
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