Tell Me Again… Which Of These Nations Is Communist?
Tax policy really tells you a lot about a government… what politicians’ values and priorities are. People can SAY anything, but in a way, tax policy is putting their money where their mouths are. For example, politicians like to talk about technology, efficiency and transparency. US tax code is so massive, in fact, that the Government Printing Office charges $1,028 just to print a copy of it! And for most taxpayers, it’s still virtually impossible to file online. Then there are the rates themselves. Again, the message they’re sending is quite clear– citizens, even in death, are dairy cows for the government to milk. Ironically, the new government of the People’s Republic of China has decided the REDUCE their tax on dividends. Years ago it was 20%, then dropped to 10% in 2005. Effective January 1st, though, the dividend tax rate in China will drop to a mere 5%.