Good Taxes: The Case for Taxing Foreign Currency Exchange and Other Financial Transactions

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Dundurn, 1997 - Business & Economics - 87 pages
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Financial transactions taxes are in force in all the major developed countries except the USA and Canada. Typically the tax is 0.25% or less, paid whenever stocks and shares or bonds, etc. change hands. The tax originally proposed by Tobin would be a new tax applicable to all international transactions in which currency is exhanged. A similar tax in North America could bring in billions of dollars, even if the tax were as low as 0.1%.

In Good Taxes, Alex Michalos puts forth the argument in favour of a financial transactions tax. He looks at the tax as being a benefit to the countries that collect it, as well as a possible solution to such problems as world poverty and the underfunding of the United Nations.

Good Taxes provides a thorough analysis of the debate over the proposed tax. Michalos traces the development of the debate back to the proposed Tobin Tax, then details the arguments for and against the implementation of a financial transactions tax. The conclusion is one that is sure to have an impact in North American financial circles.

 

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Contents

The Politics of Debt Taxes and Services
5
Bretton Woods and Foreign Currency Exchange Activity
11
The Idea of a Tobin Tax
15
Arguments in Favour of Taxing Financial Transactions
23
Arguments Against Taxing Financial Transactions
39
Conclusion
75
References
79
About the Author
84
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Alex Michalos is the author of 18 books, including Militarism and the Quality of Life (1989) and A Pragmatic Approach to Business Ethics (1995). He has also authored the 5-volume North American Social Report: A Comparative Quality of Life in Canada and the United States from 1964 to 1974 (1980-82), as well as the 4-volume Global Report on Student Well-Being (1991-93). Michalos is also the founder of three scholarly journals. He currently teaches politics and social science at the University of Northern British Columbia.

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