Tax the Rich, Says IMF

October 12, 2017 International Tax Cooperation

IMF wealth taxWASHINGTON D.C – Even the IMF has now come forward to say that income inequality is a problem and that taxing wealthy individuals is one of the solutions.

On October 12th the International Monetary Fund issued the results of new research, calling for taxes to be raised on the incomes and assets of wealthy taxpayers.

It was claimed that since 1981, the average top tax rates on income in the OECD have fallen from approximately 62 percent to a new low of 35 percent.

However, over the same period of time, the accumulated wealth of the top 5 percent of earners have steadily increased.

The Fund claimed that income inequality around the world is increasing, and a significant shift of taxes towards the wealth and incomes of wealthy individuals will be a key to reducing inequality in the OECD.

Further, the IMF suggested that increasing taxes for the wealthy would not lead to decreased economic productivity or growth.

However, it was conceded that increasing taxes on the wealthy would be a hard political sell, as affluent taxpayers are often more able to influence politicians and the media.

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