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Government Must Tax the Super-Rich!

category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Friday October 08, 2010 19:50author by Paddy Healyauthor email paddy.healy at eircom dot net Report this post to the editors

Among the taxation proposals being mooted by government for the next and subsequent budgets is an extension of tax to the lower paid. This is to be accompanied by continued draconian reductions in the provision of health, education and other services required by the population generally and particularly by the poor. Government cuts and impositions on the poor and those on middle incomes who spend most of their income in Ireland will flatten the economy and increase the disastrous levels of unemployment and emigration.

Much of the €90 billion irresponsibly borrowed abroad by Irish banks since 2003 is still in the possession of the super-rich.

The borrowings which have bankrupt many developers have been paid to others.

The repayments on these borrowings are now being made by the citizens generally. Surely this money must be restored to the State as a priority?

The only way to recover this money is through an assets tax which is common in several countries (France, Norway, Switzerland) and in several states in the US.

If the €320 billion in assets (Wealth of the Nation Report, 2007) held by the top 5 per cent in 2007 has now shrunk to €250 billion, a 2 per cent annual assets tax on the top 5 per cent of asset holders would bring in €5 billion per year.

Raising the tax on the top 6 per cent who earn over €100,000 per annum from 27 per cent to 32 per cent of total salary, would raise a further €1.5 billion per year.

A significant increase in income taxes and assets taxes on the rich is no longer merely desirable in equity, it is a necessity in order to rescue the economy and to protect human services provision.

There is a real economic emergency. Surely the super-rich should make an emergency contribution? How about a little patriotism from them?

author by old codger - pensionerpublication date Sat Oct 09, 2010 16:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

While this government holds power the rich will prosper and the poor will pay. Today it was stated that nama could not retreieve the wealth transfered to wives and family by developers. The politicians are shareholders in many of the companies that are in default and are protecting themselves as well as friends. we need a new government and a complete cleanout of our corrupt system . Fianna Fail appointed Judges and Gardai will not commit to their own demise.

 
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