Taxing the Rich
During the last couple of months, as we headed into what most folks – excluding transactional attorneys – call the “Holiday Season,”[i] tax authorities from around the globe have been calling for increased taxes on the rich, however one chooses to define this class of individuals.
The chief economist for the European Central Bank, relying on macroeconomic policy and concepts of “fairness,” advised governments to tax the rich to support society’s vulnerable groups.[ii]
In the U.K., His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs announced an initiative to pursue tax fraud by the wealthy and mid-size businesses. In fact, it has been reported that HMRC plans to go so far as to assign agents to personally monitor the tax affairs of certain individuals – an odd variation on the “buddy system.”
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