Sunak’s low effective tax rate speaks volumes about Tory policy

Rishi Sunak: why doesn’t the richest man in the UK pay a tax rate comparable to the rest of us?

Yesterday This Site discussed the fact that Rishi Sunak pays an extremely low effective tax rate – lower than the majority of working people in the UK.

Here’s a bit of evidence that I got my sums right:

Why does he pay such a low rate?

I don’t mean, how is it calculated – we went through that yesterday. I mean, what is the thinking behind ensuring that the UK’s richest man does not pay an equal proportion of his wealth, in taxes, to the average worker?

The answer is easy: In order to starve the beast.

The beast being, in this case, public services.

Look at France. That country is on fire because its government wants to ease the tax burden on its richest people by raising the pension age.

Here, rich people don’t have that burden because they pay low taxes. This makes it possible for a rich person’s government to argue that keeping the pension-age at 65 for men and 60 for women (or even at 65 for both) would increase the tax burden unreasonably.

What they don’t tell you is that, if they operated a truly fair, progressive system, that burden would fall on them and their rich fellows who simply aren’t paying their fair share now.

Rishi Sunak should be paying the average tax rate – certainly by 2025-26 when it is predicted that the rest of us will be paying 35 per cent.

Don’t you agree?

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