Value Investing

IMF Proposes Capital Levy On Bank Accounts In Europe; Also, IMF Encourages Germany To Raise Property Taxes

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) .. has told Germany it should raise its property tax, cut social welfare contributions and invest more to reduce income inequality .. The IMF argues for higher taxes on property are in fact necessary and that the government should demand higher wages .. Years ago, Italy simply imposed a tax on money in one’s account. This was called a ‘capital levy’. This was a one-time charge as an exceptional measure to restore the sustainability of the debt. The IMF is also suggesting that measure be invoked to help the coming Sovereign Debt Crisis. .. The IMF has already calculated how much the measure would cost every Eurozone citizen:
‘The amount of the tax would have to bring the European sovereign debt back to the pre-crisis level. In order to reduce the debt to the level of 2007 (for example in the euro area countries), a tax of about 10 percent is needed for households with a positive asset.’ .. As you can see, there is NEVER any discussion about reducing taxes or the size of government. The solution is always to raise taxes and to not even look at the old Italian trick of a 10% seizure of all cash in your account.”

Martin Armstrong

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Source: Financial Repression Authority