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Cut Vat Rate

On 9 Aug 2014 at 10:41pm Historian wrote:
Wales trying for a Vat cut to create jobs and promote tourism. What is so special about Wales and Tourists ? What about the rest of us suckers ?

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On 10 Aug 2014 at 9:06am Clifford wrote:
They're not just asking for it to be cut in Wales, Historian.
On 10 Aug 2014 at 2:40pm Sussex Jim wrote:
If the Government reduces the rate of VAT, it will have to raise other taxes to compensate. At least with VAT everybody makes some contribution to the running of the country and the provision of services- unless you live on basic food and only drink water; and spend nothing on "luxuries".
On 10 Aug 2014 at 9:26pm edtheplumber wrote:
Actually, Sussex Jim; it isn't that simple. A cut in VAT may INCREASE tax revenues by increasing spending. It may not, but one cannot say a cut in one tax will need to be offset by increases elsewhere.
Alternatively, one cannot say putting the top income tax up to 60% would bring in X more revenue. As the top earners would find methods of avoiding tax, and revenue may even decrease - as happened with the 50% income tax.

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