Saturday, March 7, 2009

The mother of all regressive tax systems

Let us suppose that all the net results of the exploitation of any extractive resources that were placed by providence in a country had been equally divided among the citizens, those who arguably are the most legitimate owners of said funds.

Let us then suppose that the central government requests the citizens to give to it all the net results in their possession... what would we have? We would have the mother of all the regressive tax systems, with the marginal tax rate for the poorest being 100%.

Would anyone of you support such a regressive tax system? I don’t think so.