View Full Version : Taxes, and how to raise them
17th Jun 2009, 15:15
Prompted by the awful idea that some British bureaucrat has come up with - to tax home telephone lines, I think it is time that JB members should nominate those things that should be taxed, and those things that should not be taxed.
From a selfish point of view, I think that everything that I do not need to buy in the next 10 years should be taxed at, say, 100%. So, all new and used cars should have a 100% tax rate. (My car is quite new and should survive that long).
Clearly, earnt income is not taxed enough, so raise tax on that to 75%. Pension income tax, and unearnt income tax should be zero.
In the Aviation sector, GA in the UK do not pay anywhere near enough taxes, so double all those fuel taxes, and introduce huge taxes for landings on local airfields.
Right, I've lit the blue touch paper..............
17th Jun 2009, 15:30
Living next to a set of traffic lights, I would like to see a tax on in-car stereos, on a sliding scale according to the volume at which they are played.
17th Jun 2009, 15:42
Tax SEX, I want a rebate.
17th Jun 2009, 16:02
I came up with the best tax idea many years ago,a Nob Tax,chaps would be obliged to assess themselves and be taxed according to length of said organ,few would ask for a rebate.
17th Jun 2009, 16:02
Tax soundbites made by MPs.
17th Jun 2009, 19:09
The technique of fiddling with existing taxes via small-print to inflate the overall 'take' without the need for politicians to technically admit to legislating a 'new tax' has been employed to destruction (Geese are now hissing too much for their comfort) by Broon. Under the spirit of the question here's some new taxes (just for starters)...
1) Abolish capital gains exemption on primary residence. Do it by staggering the impact to the majority of voters by starting at only gains above an original purchase price of GBP1m say. Plenty of fiddle-scope there to then regress the threshold (realign with stamp duty) and market it as a 'progressive' adjustment to the tax system.
2) Abolish road-tax (excellent soundbite potential there), but then propose (prudence remember) that to 'balance' the books/cover the shortfall (lest hospitals and schools get closed) that a sliding annual levy based on engine size is introduced - eg flat rate of GBP100 for every car (can be marketed under BroonSpeak as a reduction in tax ON TOP of abolishing another) but then an increment of x2 per litre beyond 1000cc, i.e. 1-1.999l = GBP200 per year, 2.0-2.999 = GBP400 per year, 3.0-3.999 = GBP800 per year, etc. Soundbite heaven for the parasites as they not only soak what they will describe as the RangeRover and Ferrari owners but save the planet to boot. (Notice that every car with engine size > an 8Gb iPod pays more than they do now i.e. GBP200)
3) Exploitation tax. Every company with employee count > 10 must pay a GBP1 (nothing really to corporate capitalist b@<hidden>@<hidden>) monthly levy per employee to fund a new universal anti-exploitation agency that will police (for free) on the behalf of employees that their employer complies with EU working-time/maternity/paternity/minimum wage/sick-leave/holiday-leave/sexual/age/racial/disability/hair-style discrimination directives. Plenty of scope to stagger in >5, >3, eventually all companies over a few years and this can easily be marketed as 'more fair' and 'progressive.
4) Renewable energy tax. A-la the landline/broadband to nowhere tax, there should be a GBP1/month levy imposed on all electricity and gas consumers to fund the rollout of wind turbines, solar panels and ground source heat pumps to the vast numbers of people who don't already have them because capitalist b@<hidden>@<hidden> won't sell the hardware at a price that bankrupts them. This tax will therefore not only save the planet but the numerous companies and their employees that will be necessary to provide the service will provide more tax revenue to mitigate the closure of schools and hospitals so that Joe Public not only has better quality of life but their broods are more likely to be officially 'clever'. Win-win, virtuous-circle QED situation shirley.
17th Jun 2009, 19:30
If you think I'm wading through that lot BM, you've got another think coming.:rolleyes::}
17th Jun 2009, 21:07
A tax on MP's expenses would be good. Make it retrospective and at a rate of about 150%.
17th Jun 2009, 21:30
If you think I'm wading through that lot BM, you've got another think coming
How about a tax on forum postings...so much a line... and a £100 penalty for mentioning hitler or nazism
17th Jun 2009, 21:37
and a £100 penalty for mentioning hitler or nazism
I'll put you down for £200 due (this financial year) then BB, just for starters mind.
This is easy, no wonder Broon got promoted.;)
18th Jun 2009, 00:46
One of the next major new tax structures will be on farmed animals and meat for consumption, and probably all along the chain.
The foundations are being well and truly laid with what's being spouted lately. Same old "clever" technique. From jokes about animal farts 18 months ago to the gradually increasing drip feed of discussion. It's coming...
21st Jun 2009, 16:44
Did I miss the point of that? How might one tax animal farts?........
Maybe there could be a good job in this idea for ex-MPs following the next UK election. "Animal fart inspector" sounds like a good re-deployment for those MPs.