Why The Tax Rate For Art Sales Should Be Lowered

Why The Tax Rate For Art Sales Should Be Lowered


“Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money” Ernst Levy

What’s the best Art on sale  capital gains tax rate for the sale of artwork? There are currently several arguments being made against reducing the capital gains tax rate on the sale of artwork from the current level of 28% to the 15% rate enjoyed by sellers of real estate, securities and other assets. Arguments against the reduction center around the view that art is not an asset which plays any real role in economic activity, particularly job creation, and revenue generation. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When the forces against tax reduction argue that to do so might shift money into art at the expense of more productive activities they fail to appreciate the significant and documented economic impact that art has made and continues to make on everything from job creation, to neighborhood redevelopment to tourism.

Uneven tax policy has also played a role in reducing museum offerings, and hence the public’s access to art as a result of the tax treatment of artists. Since they are only allowed to write off the cost of materials for donated works instead of the fair market value of the artwork, artists are less inclined to make donations. The negative impact on museums is compounded by the strength of the art market of late, particularly for Contemporary art, all of which reduces museums’ ability to acquire work.

Nevertheless, the value of innovation to our society is becoming more and more clear. Businesses that own and display art are perceived as being more innovative, interesting and desirable places to work. Real estate developers are incorporating art galleries into new condominium towers to entice buyers seeking differentiable l


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