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Stimulus: Sacrifice a little now or a lot later
Published on : Monday, February 14, 2011
The government should pull back the fiscal stimulus to preserve growth and stability. The tightening will be a big first step and it will buy the government time to reform the agricultural sector and address regulatory uncertainties and corruption. But the market won’t be patient for too long. In a world awash with liquidity, there are many other places to fish, writes Jahangir Aziz in Business Standard.
Budget - Shape up or ship out
Published on : Saturday, February 12, 2011
Mukherjee needs to enforce spending discipline or else the government will be the biggest loser. Ironically, everyone wants the fiscal deficit to be fixed but no one wants to pay for it. There is little scope for an outsized surprise on the revenue front for next year. Spending is where the government’s commitment to fiscal consolidation will have to take a litmus test, and the counter-cyclical surge in spending in the last two years has to be corrected now, writes Rajeev Malik in Business Standard.
Hong Kong Veers Toward a Tax Trap
Published on : Thursday, December 02, 2010
Hong Kong's new tax policy is significant not as of the specifics, but because of the change in the approach of the state in regulating its market economy. The tax plan to impose an extra stamp duty for "short-term" transactions is simple and straight forward, but the extent to which quick sales are driving Hong Kong's property market is in dispute. The fact that the Government has put forward this proposal shows that the government wants to use tax law to influence market behavior, writes Joseph Sternberg in The Wall Street Journal.
The morality of profits and immorality of taxation
Published on : Sunday, September 19, 2010
Government can't be trusted with our money. The more the money it has, the more will be wasted. In practice, taxation becomes an end in itself. Having created a bureaucracy to collect tax and then spend it, the former then perpetuate themselves by dreaming up new ways to spend more so that more even more taxes can be collected. Government dosn't have to invest in schools and hospitals, it just have to create an environment for it, writes Jagannathan in Daily News And Analysis.
We need something better than soak-the-rich taxation
Published on : Sunday, September 05, 2010
The idea of expanding the scope of wealth tax always appeals to jholawallas and the unimaginative Left, because it sounds redistributive in nature. It won't achieve anthing good. The rich should soak themselves by doing charity work rather than allowing the government to do it for them. Wealth in private hands usually does more good that the same wealth in government hands, writes R Jagannathan in Daily news And Analysis.
Lower tax rates will bring in more resources
Published on : Thursday, July 01, 2010
Economists and political philsophers have always emphasised the importance of lowering tax rates and simplification of tax rules. The recently attempted Direct Taxes code(DTC) removed many exemptions and lowered the tax rate. Taxaton should be kept as low as possible and should be enforced strictly, writes T S Krishna murthy in The Economic Times.
Can’t Cut Spending? Look Around the Globe
Published on : Friday, April 16, 2010
Aging population and rising health care costs makes Amwerica's fiscal oulook bleak. Higher taxes would discourage productivity. So, one solution is to impose a V.A.T. But, it is not as good as it appeals as of the resulting inflation and increased bureaucracy, writes Tyler Cowen in The New York Times.
Pranab's tax breaks for higher-income brackets justified
Published on : Wednesday, April 07, 2010
We have always had a socialistic bent to our thinking and have been taxing the rich to supposedly prop up the poorer sections of society. This line of thinking is what, in the past, led to rates in excess of 80%. Thankfully, such flawed thinking has given way to a far more pragmatic and equitable taxation structure, writes Suresh Sadagopan in DNA.
The Myth Of Indirect Taxes
Published on : Saturday, April 03, 2010
It should also be obvious that taxes can’t be shifted forwards to customers, though many economists would state otherwise. Many of them naively believe that it is the ultimate consumer who pays the taxes. This is far from the truth, writes Shanu A.
Welcoming chaos: Taking the wind out of the windfall tax
Published on : Saturday, July 12, 2008
Windfall tax is bad in principle but even if it is levied, the decision should the result of the collective wisdom of the people responsible for taxation. It should not emanate from the exigencies and vicissitudes of realpolitik. Rather, it would be prudent to take the wind out of the windfall tax, before it damages the economy, writes Ravi Shanker Kapoor
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