Previously I talked about the PD’s tax cutting measures that they announced at their national conference. Now I do not dispute that tax cuts are good or that tax cutting is still a viable election strategy that people want and will vote for. The question I have is cutting Income tax the right tax to cut.
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The big issue at the moment is the National Pay talks. The unions want more money and the business say that they don’t want to give them. The reason for both positions is the same. Rising costs. In
A wage rise would see many business’s in trouble and cause a drop in productivity. This would damage
The government needs to get a hold of inflation, it is climbing and it should not be. In my opinion instead of cutting tax on wages they should cut VAT. A cut in VAT would reduce the cost of living. Damping the need for pay rises and benefit business. It would do a lot more for the coping classes then a drop in Income taxes would bring. It would effect a far greater proportion of their income then dropping the rate of tax would. Our tax is very much based on consumption so if people start saving instead of spending then we might be in a wee bit of trouble. Not only would a cut in VAT reduce the cost of living it would also boost investment and consumption as people will have more money to spend.
Another idea would be to abolish or greatly reduce stamp duty and replace it with capital gains tax on selling property. This would be an election master stroke. First time buyers would flock to vote for the party that would bring it in. However it is not clear what it would result with overall. True it would increase the demand for houses as more people could afford them. But would that result in demand causing rising prices, would developers be less likely to build and sell houses if they had to pay capital gains tax. Would this work? It is very debatable such a measure would work however the case for reducing VAT is a lot stronger. A cut in stamp duty is probably a better bet reducing what is making the coping class have to cope with.
But reducing VAT also has another bonus. Although about half of income tax is paid for by the top 10% of earners. Indirect taxes hit the lower earners more then it those the top earners. A recent combat poverty report showed that the bottom 10% pay 20% of their income on excise and VAT while the top 10% pay less then 10% of their income on excise and VAT. While much of the lowers 10% comes from excise on tobacco and alcohol which the bottom 10% consume proportionally more the top 10%. The VAT rate still effects them. Reducing the VAT rate would reduce the poverty rate. People on the lower incomes would be able to purchase the things they need more easily. Also people on lower incomes saving €10 are more likely to put that back in the economy thus furthering economic development then a high income earner saving €10 euros.
Cutting VAT would reduce the cost of living, be more beneficial to the economy, and be more beneficial to the lower classes. While I don’t disagree with cutting income tax. I think if the government is looking at €5 billion in tax cuts. Cutting VAT would be a better use