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SOTHEBY'S: An English auction house founded by Samuel Baker in 1774. Originally, Sotheby's activities as an auctioneer focused on books. Today the company, which is one of the leading auction houses internationally, has expanded its scope to cover all areas of fine art, antiques, jewelry and real estate. On each sale, Sotheby's collects commissions and fees from both the buyer and the seller. In addition to auction operations, Sotheby's is also involved in a number of related activities, including the purchase and resale of art and other collectibles and the brokering of art and collectible purchases and sales through private treaty sales.

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TAX RATE: The percent of the tax base that is collected as tax. The tax rate can be a flat, or proportional, rate, meaning it is a constant percent of the tax base regardless of the size or value of the base. Or the tax rate can change as the tax base changes. If the tax rate increases, the tax is progressive. If the tax rate decreases, the tax is regressive.

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ALLOCATION EFFECT

A change in the allocation of resources caused by placing taxes on economic activity. By creating disincentives to produce, consume, or exchange, taxes generally alter resource allocations. The allocation effect is typically used when governments seek to discourage the production, consumption, or exchange of particular goods or activities that are deemed undesirable (such as tobacco use or pollution). This is one of two effects of taxation. The other (primary) is the revenue effect, which is the generation of revenue used to finance government operations.

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