Ralf Einert

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THE WORLD SPIRIT - Part 2:

Studies of Economic Change

Measure 4: One single income tax rate for everybody for everything

Description:

One single income tax of about 40% plus contribution to the national insurance
(a progressive effect and a stimulus to work occurs in conjunction with the basic income)

Goals:

1. Maintaining the achievement principle despite the basic income
2. Simplification, transparency, and reduction of bureaucracy
3. Incentive for the lower wage groups to reduce the hours worked

Conflicts:

1. Preference for the expansion of unproductive work
2. Incentive to the expansion of illegal employment
3. Increase of the tax rates for the upper wage groups

Realisation:

1. Decision by the legislative body (consider the relation to no. 4)
2. Abolishing fiscal differences e. g. for couples and children

Problems:

1. Acceptance of high-income earners and alleged "elites"
2. Exodus of capital to tax havens
3. Envy or justice debates