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VALUE-ADDED TAX: A tax on the extra value added during each stage in the production of a good. Most of the stuff our economy produces goes through several "stages," usually with different businesses. In each stage, resources do their thing to the good to make it a little more valuable. For example, an ice cream store can take 50 cents worth of ice cream, fudge, and whipped topping and turn it into a hot fudge sundae that's valued at $1.50. The efforts of the ice cream resources thus add $1 in value. A value-added tax is based on this extra value. While it's been debated off and on in the United States, a value-added tax is commonly used in Europe.

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PERSONAL INCOME: The total income received by the members of the domestic household sector, which may or may not be earned from productive activities during a given period of time, usually one year. The primary use of personal income is to measure the income actually paid out to the household sector. After adjusting for income taxes, personal income forms the basis for consumption expenditures on gross domestic product.

     See also | income | household sector | national income | disposable income | gross domestic product | net domestic product | National Income and Product Accounts | Bureau of Economic Analysis | personal income tax | income earned but not received | income received but not earned | personal income and disposable income | national income and personal income |


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NET EXPORTS

The difference between exports--goods and services produced by the domestic economy and purchased by the foreign sector--and imports--goods and services produced by the foreign sector and purchased by the domestic economy. These are one of four aggregate expenditures on gross domestic product. The other three are consumption expenditures, investment expenditures, and government purchases.

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