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52% Of Households Net Recipients Of The Tax System

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It's actually a slight indictment of the system.

A capitalist society only works if you redistribute* from rich to poor (relatively speaking), and given the very lopsided distribution of wealth and income, you'd expect most people/households to be net recipients. The fact that only ~50% are indicates that those at the top are contributing less than they should.

*This redistribution can take a lot of forms, means tested cash transfers being one of the worst.

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The Express is funny.

The figure of £3.3 billion lost in fraud is slightly down on the £3.5 billion of the previous year, which was mainly caused by the removal of council tax benefit from the estimated total.

LoL

“Universal Credit is expected to reduce losses due to fraud and error by £1 billion in the next five years when it’s fully in place.

"This modern, simpler and easier-to-administer benefit is running successfully and we are continuing to work closely with local authorities to ensure its continued safe and secure rollout.”

LMAO. :lol:

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It's actually a slight indictment of the system.

A capitalist society only works if you redistribute* from rich to poor (relatively speaking), and given the very lopsided distribution of wealth and income, you'd expect most people/households to be net recipients. The fact that only ~50% are indicates that those at the top are contributing less than they should.

*This redistribution can take a lot of forms, means tested cash transfers being one of the worst.

Not true.

Accepting both your premises (redistribute, lopsided), we can reasonably conclude that a small proportion of households pay the majority of taxes. But your conclusion relies on an additional unstated premise which is hugely false. Namely, that tax is a zero-sum game with no net outflow. All those taxes that don't deliver benefits attributable to any household are going out of the system.

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Not true.

Accepting both your premises (redistribute, lopsided), we can reasonably conclude that a small proportion of households pay the majority of taxes. But your conclusion relies on an additional unstated premise which is hugely false. Namely, that tax is a zero-sum game with no net outflow. All those taxes that don't deliver benefits attributable to any household are going out of the system.

What proportion of defence spending, for instance, would be going out of the system?

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Not true.

Accepting both your premises (redistribute, lopsided), we can reasonably conclude that a small proportion of households pay the majority of taxes. But your conclusion relies on an additional unstated premise which is hugely false. Namely, that tax is a zero-sum game with no net outflow. All those taxes that don't deliver benefits attributable to any household are going out of the system.

Depends -

Redistribution can include employing people, which would bring most of health and education into redistribution, and providing services as well as cash transfers. Even the armed forces have a redistributive function in the form of service wages and in-UK procurement.

Although anything bought in from outside the country would be lost, yes, and debt repayment/interest.

The other thing could be households that are in work but have no dependent children - either before having children or after chucking them out.. That's harder to account for, you almost need to sum these things up over a lifetime.

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