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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Norway’s ‘Voluntary’ Tax Plan Brings In Just $1,325

NorwayBloomberg, Norway’s ‘Voluntary’ Tax Plan Brings In Just $1,325:

Eager to pay more taxes? Then look no further than Norway.

Hammered by the opposition for slashing taxes and going on a spending spree with the country’s oil money, the center-right government has hit back with a bold proposal: voluntary contributions.

Launched in June, the initiative has received a lukewarm reception, with the equivalent of just $1,325 in extra revenue being collected so far, according to the Finance Ministry.

That’s not much for a country of 5.3 million people, many of whom are already accustomed to paying some of the highest taxes in the world (the top rate of income tax is 46.7 percent).

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Quote: "the center-right government has hit back with a bold proposal: voluntary contributions."

Keep in mind that it's unlike;y that the "center-right" thought that measure would bring in much money. They passed it to drive home the hypocrisy of many on the left who claim that they're eager to pay more taxes. Given the chance, they don't.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jul 11, 2017 7:37:05 AM

That's not hypocrisy.

Suppose you have roommates and no one is cleaning up the apartment, so it's a huge mess. You propose a cleaning schedule that everyone will abide by, or that everyone chip in to hire a cleaner. Your roommates say no--but welcome you to do all the cleaning or hire a cleaner yourself. If you say no, that doesn't make you a hypocrite.

To be clear, it doesn't necessarily mean that your roommates should have agreed with your proposal. You may or may not be "right" but either way you are not a hypocrite.

Posted by: Wait a sec | Jul 11, 2017 12:31:28 PM

Just goes to show the U.S. is a far more generous country than some would give it credit for. The U.S. Treasury gets a couple of million in donations every year:

Of course, that pales in comparison to private charitable giving. I wonder how much that comes to in the Scandinavian utopias?

Posted by: MM | Jul 11, 2017 1:45:37 PM

Time to tax the oil fund instead

Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 12, 2017 4:36:48 AM