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Cayman Islands' Proposed Tax Signals Fiscal Suicide

Cayman Islands' Proposed Tax Signals Fiscal Suicide

What Do Greece, the United States, and the Cayman Islands Have in Common? At first, this seems like a trick question. After all, the Cayman Islands are a fiscal paradise, with no personal income tax, no corporate income tax, no
The Turbo-Charged Italian Version of the Laffer Curve

The Turbo-Charged Italian Version of the Laffer Curve

Thanks largely to the Laffer Curve, there are some impressive examples of failed tax increases in countries such as the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. But if there was a prize for the people who most vociferously resist
Obama's Tax Policy Was Born in Europe

Obama's Tax Policy Was Born in Europe

I’m not a big fan of government conspiracy theories, largely because the people in Washington are too bloody incompetent to do anything effectively. Heck, sometimes they can’t even waste money properly even though they have lots of practice. But it recently crossed my
Laffer Curve Wreaks Havoc in UK

Laffer Curve Wreaks Havoc in UK

Back in 2010, I excoriated the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, noting that David Cameron was increasing tax rates and expanding the burden of government spending (including an increase in the capital gains tax). I also criticized Cameron
International Bureaucracies Push for Global Taxing Power

International Bureaucracies Push for Global Taxing Power

Over the years, I’ve strenuously objected to schemes that would enable international bureaucracies to levy taxes. That’s why I’ve criticized “direct funding” proposals, most of which seem to emanate from the United Nations. A scheme to let the United Nations tax

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