Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Simon Jenkins on the rise in VAT:

Osborne's desire to reduce public spending to roughly what Gordon Brown thought right a decade ago is hardly draconian. He is sensible in attacking the big, demand-led programmes such as social benefits and housing, to which previous governments, including Margaret Thatcher's, turned a blind eye. He is right too in wanting fewer jobs in the public sector to be met by more in the private. In other words, he expects private demand to replace public in the cause of growth.

So why, given all this, does he tax private demand? And why tax it at precisely the point where it must cost jobs in the high street and among its suppliers?
It's a good question. As others have pointed out there are alternatives to VAT such as a Land Value Tax.

The three main things to consider about different types of taxations are:
  1. Is it efficient to collect.
  2. What incentives and disincentives does it create.
  3. Who will it effect
VAT is efficient to collect but it does create disincentives to spend and the less well off end up paying proportionately more.


JuliaM said...

It also neatly brings us into like with the rest of the EU.

Working as intended...

Steve Astin said...
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