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Politics / Taxes Mar 17, 2012 - 12:25 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Politics

The Conservative party media spin machine has gone into over drive by spreading the word that George Osbourne will cut the top rate of income tax from 50% to 40% in next weeks budget in an attempt at reversing some of the damage done by the last Labour government that all but destroyed large swathes of the private sector in favour of pumping resources into the Labour voter friendly unproductive public sector.


The higher rate tax cut will come despite Lib Dem opposition, who will likely extract a high price in terms of their primary tax objective of raising the starting rate for paying income tax towards a personal allowance of £10,000.

ALL taxes on the private sector are bad because they extract income from the productive sector of an economy and plant it into the unproductive public sector. The greater the tax burden the lower the economic growth potential of an economy will be, which Labours 50% tax rate exemplifies as it raised barely 1/10th the amount of tax revenue that Labour promised it would whilst acting as a major disincentive for entrepreneur's to relocate, expand and employ workers.

Off course in a democracy, governments have to tax and print debt / money (inflation) to buy votes to get elected. However over time this burden on the productive private sector can grow and grow as the number of vested interests grows until one day the peoples of a country such as Britain wake up to find that the unproductive public sector has grown to such an extent that it is now more than 50% of the economy which puts it far beyond the capacity of the private sector to cover the costs of and thus the economy enters a death spiral of unfundable deficits as is the case with Greece and most of the euro-zone and against which Britain has been fighting hard to avoid a similar fate.

To date the Coalition government has attempted to correct the structural imbalances in the UK economy that is resulting in a continuing annual government budget deficit of £120 billion by means of spending cuts and money printing inflation (QE) so as to devalue total value of UK debt and liabilities that stands at approx £11 trillion.

However on the flip side the Coalition government has to large extent subverted many of the positive benefits of spending cuts by introducing a series of tax rises such as VAT, freezing of annual tax allowances and scrapping of tax rebates such as the proposed cut in child benefit to 40% rate tax payers. This Frankenstein policy of doing what's best and worst for the economy is resulting in economic stagnation where probability favours a flat lining economy during 2012.

To kick start growth the Coalition government is starting to recognise that it needs to take the bold step of freeing up capital available to the private sector by means of scrapping the top tax rate of 50%. However it should be recognised that is this a small step in the right direction as it only effects approx 250,000 high earners , though will act as an incentive to attract new high earning tax payers from abroad to come and boost productivity and locate business into the UK.

On balance, given the state of the country's finances, next weeks budget cannot be a net give away which means the two tax give away's of raising the starting personal allowance and scrapping of the 50% rate will be balanced by not increasing the allowance for higher (40%) rate tax payers which would have the effect of pushing many more people into the higher tax bracket with all of the associated negative consequences.

So the real tax cuts will not materialise until 2013 when the Collation government starts to spend and cut taxes in an attempt at generating an mini economic boom as the government buys votes in advance of the scheduled 2015 General Election by which time today's angry 99% will have long since forgotten about next weeks tax change in favour of the 1%.

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Comments

Ernie Messerschmidt
17 Mar 12, 13:15
duh . . . private good/public bad . . . duh

"ALL taxes on the private sector are bad because they extract income from the productive sector of an economy and plant it into the unproductive public sector."

What simplistic nonsense. This is religio-ideology, not empirically based economics. Not all private sector enterprises are productive and many public sector enterprises are productive. Public roads and trains provide transportation, etc. About half of China's economy is still government owned -- state owned enterprises, and they're plenty productive, kickin' the UK's behind. Singapore and plenty of other countries do quite well with public owned enterprises, thank you. The private good/public bad meme is dumb and dysfunctional. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland have high taxes and are doing much better than low tax countries. High taxes on excessive wealth promote income equality and a healthier economy. Denmark is proof of that. Read James Galbraith. Trickle down does not work. Get real.


dr ray
17 Mar 12, 14:42
Tax rises

Last time the personal allowance was raised the threshold for 40% tax was lowered to prevent higher earners benefiting from the tax cut for the lower paid so no doubt more will be brought into the 40% bracket if the threshold is lowered by approx £3000. The real scam however is that the £113k+ earners will face an automatic tax rise because they don't have a personal allowance so will end up paying 40% tax on approximately £3000 more of their income. Not a single financial commentator noticed this tax rise last time and since there are so many more £100-113K earners than 50% taxpayers this alone would probably finance the scrapping of the 50% rate.

I find it difficult to believe the 50% rate will be cut now. The rate may be economic madness but this is more about politics. I suspect this is a ploy to stop people setting up tax savings schemes in the last few days before the budget. I managed to take about £80K out of the 50% band in the last couple of weeks and I bet I am not alone.


Nadeem_Walayat
17 Mar 12, 16:17
Public Sector

Hi

Private sector that cannot compete go bust and the capital is reallocated, thats how its supposed to work but government interferance as the case with the banks prevents it from happening which is why we are in an inflationary depression.

The public sector lacks any real mechanism for getting rid of dead wood which is why instead of going bust the government throws ever larger amounts of money at the problem without solution.

The key to having a productive public sector is that it must compete with the private sector, else we will go bankrupt as the deficits will keep expanding without end.

Best

NW


william Piper
27 Apr 12, 02:56
Economic Policy

As Europe increasingly rejects the austerity solution, are there politically realistic economic policies that can save the PIIGS?


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