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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 20 2022, @09:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the yes,-you-read-that-right! dept.

Millionaires ask to pay more tax:

A group of more than 100 of the world's richest people have called on governments to make them pay more tax. The group, named the Patriotic Millionaires, said the ultra-wealthy were not being forced to pay their share towards the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

"As millionaires, we know that the current tax system is not fair," they said in an open letter. The signatories included Disney heiress Abigail Disney and Nick Hanauer. Mr Hanauer is a US entrepreneur and an early investor in online retail giant Amazon.

"Most of us can say that, while the world has gone through an immense amount of suffering in the last two years, we have actually seen our wealth rise during the pandemic - yet few if any of us can honestly say that we pay our fair share in taxes," the signatories said in the letter to the World Economic Forum.

[...] It said globally, $2.52tn could lift 2.3 billion people out of poverty and make enough vaccines for the world.

Gemma McGough, British entrepreneur and founding member of Patriotic Millionaires, UK said: "For all our well-being - rich and poor alike - it's time we right the wrongs of an unequal world. It's time we tax the rich."

Ms McGough added: "At a time when simply living will cost the average household a further £1,200 a year, our government cannot expect to be trusted if it would rather tax working people than wealthy people.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Captival on Thursday January 20 2022, @10:38PM (2 children)

    by Captival (6866) on Thursday January 20 2022, @10:38PM (#1214376)

    A) "Patriotism" is bad now. Liking your country means you're evil. Of course, they're claiming to be patriotic while also complaining about how bad America is, so I guess they get a media pass.

    B) Nobody is stopping these millionaires from paying more taxes today. You can send the IRS any amount you want, they aren't going to refuse it. Since they are not already doing it, you can see their real goal is to make everybody else pay more taxes.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21 2022, @03:14AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21 2022, @03:14AM (#1214442)

    That is some real bad logic you've got going on there. Like 3rd grade level, sounds good if you don't think about it.

  • (Score: 2) by Username on Friday January 21 2022, @03:26PM

    by Username (4557) on Friday January 21 2022, @03:26PM (#1214500)

    >their real goal is to make everybody else pay more taxes.

    I have no doubt that in their heads they know they will get out of paying the taxes they want.