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President Joe Biden has decided not to pursue Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposed property tax for those with a net worth of $ 50 million or more, Politico reports.
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The so-called “ultra-millionaires tax” would have been an annual tax of 2% on the net worth of households over $ 50 million and 3% on households with net worth over $ 1 billion. This means that the donors would pay 2% or 3% on top of the taxes already paid, depending on their net worth.
Senator Warren was a long-time proponent of a property tax and was a relentless leader in the campaign for progressive Democrats to establish one with a new president.
Warren said in March, “A wealth tax is popular with voters on both sides for a reason: because they understand that the system benefits the wealthy and big businesses,” the New York Times reported. She added that she was confident that “lawmakers will catch up with the vast majority of Americans who are calling for more fairness and change and who believe it is time for a wealth tax.”
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President Biden has decided to ditch the idea, despite its popularity with a public still largely preoccupied with unemployment during a pandemic where the richest Americans have increased their fortunes.
Forbes said the collective net worth of the nation’s billionaires rose by $ 1.1 trillion in 2020, citing a report from the Institute for Policy Studies and the Americans for Tax Fairness.
One of the reasons for abolishing the wealth tax could be the challenges associated with its implementation. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen previously stated that a wealth tax would be difficult to implement, Business Insider reported.
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Some of these difficulties could include the ease with which the ultra-rich can hide their wealth. Tax loopholes like trusts and inheritances can significantly reduce net worth. Tax havens are also a proven method the ultra-rich have been using to outsource their money from the IRS for decades.
The global prosperity gap is far worse than previously thought as economists only recently understood how much money was hidden in tax havens, Forbes reported.
Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman recently wrote in an article published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and described by Forbes: “Statistics recently published by central banks of prominent tax havens suggest that the equivalent of 10% of global GDP is in tax havens worldwide is held. “
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While Biden may not be an advocate of wealth tax, it seems one issue he seems to be focused on is combating tax havens. Part of Biden’s alternative to wealth tax is to increase the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and generate additional revenue through a global minimum tax for multinational corporations. The move would “increase the minimum tax on US companies to 21 percent and calculate it country-by-country so that it turns into profit in tax havens,” according to a White House fact sheet.
Other proposals include removing a corporate tax exemption for the first 10% of international revenues and ending tax preferences for fossil fuel manufacturers, the Financial Times reports.
Biden’s proposed corporate tax cuts have already been attacked by Wall Street.
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Biden’s alternative wealth tax plan is needed to fund the massive $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package.
Biden intends to use the corporate tax revenue to fund his Goliath of an infrastructure plan that, according to government officials, is the most ambitious economic restructuring in recent history, according to government officials.
The plan provides funding to tackle the climate crisis and allocates $ 100 billion to modernize electricity grids, provide tax credits for producing and storing clean energy, and close off orphaned oil and gas sources, the Financial Times reports. The plan also provides $ 123 billion for more energy-efficient homes and $ 100 billion for more energy-efficient public schools.
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