Australia Wants to Tax Bank Deposits. Does Anyone Think the US Won’t?

Thursday, April 2, 2015
By Paul Martin
April 2, 2015

If this can happen in Australia, is anyone foolish enough to think it won’t happen in the US or Europe?

Submitted by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Several months ago, the government of Australia proposed to tax bank deposits up to $250,000 at a rate of 0.05% (5 basis points).

Their idea was for the money to be invested in a rainy day Financial Stabilization Fund to insure against in the unlikely event of a banking crisis… or all-out collapse.

And as of this morning, it looks like the levy might just pass and become law in Australia. All parties support the idea. Which means that Australia might just have a tax on bank deposits starting January 1, 2016.

To be clear, the proposal seems to plan on taxing the banks based on the amount of deposits they’re holding—but it’s pretty obvious this will be passed on to consumers in the form of lower interest rates.

Let’s look at what this means:

1. Taxes on bank deposits are generally the same as negative interest rates. Australia is a rare exception.

Interest rates on bank deposits in most developed nations are practically zero… if not already negative.

So charging a tax above and beyond this would clearly push rates (further) into negative territory.

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