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Malcolm Torry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311249

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311249.001.0001

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Can We Afford a Citizen's Income?

Can We Afford a Citizen's Income?

(p.241) Chapter 14 Can We Afford a Citizen's Income?
Money for everyone

Malcolm Torry

Policy Press

This chapter addresses the question “how large should a Citizen's Income be±”. It is answered in terms of ease of implementation, ease of political testing, and a needs-based approach. The difficulty of calculating the cost of a benefits reform is then discussed, and particularly the difficulty of calculating the tax base. A variety of funding options are then explored: funding a Citizen's Income from within the existing tax and benefits structure; taxing appropriation of the commons (for instance, by a land tax or a carbon tax); a financial transaction tax; consumption taxes; and from capital fund dividends.

Keywords:   Implementation, Political testing, Needs-based approach, Tax base, The commons, Land tax, Carbon tax, Financial transaction tax, Consumption tax, Capital fund dividends

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