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Wealth taxes can be limited to natural persons [ example needed ] or they can be extended to also cover legal persons such as corporations. The tax is 0. No recognition of mortgages, lien, or taxes due is taken into account. Marginal rates ranged from 0. There is a tax called Patrimonio.
The tax rate is progressive, from 0. There is a tax called vermogensrendementheffing.
Although its name wealth yield tax suggests that it is a tax on the yield of wealth. Up to and includingthe rate was fixed at 1. From the fiscal year of onwards, the tax rate progresses with wealth. See Income tax in the Netherlands.
In addition to the vermogensrendementheffing, owners of real estate pay a tax called onroerendezaakbelasting, which is based on the estimated value of the real estate they own. This is a local tax, levied by the city council where the property is located.
A progressive wealth tax that varies by residence location. Most cantons have no wealth tax for individual net worth less than CHFand progressively raise the tax rate on net assets with a top rate ranging from 0. Two wealth taxes are imposed.
One, IVIE, is a 0. The values of such assets are determined by purchase price or current market value.
Property taxes paid in the country where the real estate exists can offset IVIE. The tax was levied at a rate of 1. Rationale[ edit ] There are many lines of argument in favor of including a tax based on individual net wealth.
Variations in how the details of the particular net wealth tax is implemented, including whether there are exemptions and whether other taxes are lowered or flattened will have an impact.
Concentration of wealth[ edit ] Main article: Wealth concentration InFrench economist Thomas Piketty published a book entitled Capital in the Twenty-First Century that posits the theory that economic inequality was worsening and proposes wealth taxes as a solution.
The central thesis of the book is that inequality is not an accident, but rather a feature of capitalism, and can only be reversed through state interventionism. The book thus argues that unless capitalism is reformed, the very democratic order will be threatened.
At the core of this thesis is the notion that when the rate of return on capital r is greater than the rate of economic growth g over the long term, the result is concentration of wealth, and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability.
Piketty proposes a global system of progressive wealth taxes to help reduce inequality and avoid the vast majority of wealth coming under the control of a tiny minority. This analysis was hailed as a major and important work by some economists. Economic growth[ edit ] A wealth tax that decreases other tax burdens, such as income, capital gains, sales, value added and inheritance, increases the time horizon for investment and can increase the return on investments over that time.
The increased time horizon of investment results from the competition for investment between the risk-free asset of modern portfolio theoryand commercial assets[ citation needed ].
The higher return on investment results from the removal of taxes on profits. Investment[ edit ] A wealth tax serves as a negative reinforcer "use it or lose it"which coerces the productive use of assets.
Thus, a wealth tax can be viewed as a tax on potential income from capital. Housing and consumer debt[ edit ] A net wealth tax permits an offset for the full principal of any mortgage, student loan, automobile loan, consumer loan, etc.
Thus, even with tax reform that eliminates income tax deductions for interest, taxpayers may be better off with a full credit for the amount of the debt for the net wealth computation. In the United States, for example, the net wealth tax offset for debt would be particularly helpful to restore a healthy housing market and help college graduates with unpaid student loans.
That would promote social mobility, mean more citizens reach their full potential of productivity, thus improving the economy. Increased government revenue from a wealth tax could be used to promote public investment in services like education, basic science research, and transportation infrastructure, which in turn improve economic efficiency.
Increased government revenue from a wealth tax coupled with restrained government spending would reduce government borrowing and so free more credit for the private sector to promote business. A strong, steadily growing economy could in turn increase tax revenues further, allowing for more deficit reduction, and so on in a virtuous cycle.Raynor Memorial Libraries.
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