Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Taxing the Rich?

is not a great way to raise revenue. I support a flat tax with a large exemption of say 30000 with exemptions for children, no other deductions!. In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs. This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election. The figures have been seized upon by the Conservatives to claim that increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a loss in revenues for the Government. It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes. George Osborne, the Chancellor, announced in the Budget earlier this year that the 50p top rate will be reduced to 45p from next April.


Anonymous said...

The Laffer curve strikes again. Remember the little episode in the 1974 when Britain imposed a marginal tax-rate of 98% on investment income over 20,000?

And now Quebec is doing the same with booze and cigarettes. Oh well. Good for the black market.

Don said...

Does anyone else remember of a story where Swedish doctors complained of not making enough, so the government raised their compensation?

The upshot, was their take home pay didn't go up to make it worth it, so may of them shut down their practices for 6months of the year.