Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tax Talk Will Get Davos Speaker Uninvited

The Guardian reported:

A discussion panel at the Davos World Economic Forum has become a sensation after a Dutch historian took billionaires to task for not paying taxes.

In a video shared tens of thousands of times, Rutger Bregman, author of the book Utopia for Realists, bemoans the failure of attendees at the recent gathering in Switzerland to address the key issue in the battle for greater equality: the failure of rich people to pay their fair share of taxes.

Noting that 1,500 people had travelled to Davos by private jet to hear David Attenborough talk about climate change, he said he was bewildered that no one was talking about raising taxes on the rich.
Private equity underwriters (PEU) retain preferred carried interest taxation twelve years after Congress' first attempt at removal.

No one talks about raising taxes on the rich at Davos because the rich are Davos. However, they do care about the common person being able to invest in private equity.