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BusinessTax Package for India's Super Rich Proposed to Support Lower Income Groups

Tax Package for India’s Super Rich Proposed to Support Lower Income Groups


's wealth inequality is reaching extreme levels according to a recent report by Inequality Lab. The top 1% now hold over a quarter of the country's total wealth, higher than ever before. To tackle this situation and generate funds for welfare, the report proposes a tax package for the ultra-wealthy.

The package involves an annual wealth tax of 2% on net assets above Rs. 10 crore for about 0.04% of the population. An inheritance levy of 33% is also suggested on estates exceeding the same threshold. Combined, these could yield over 2.7% of GDP as per the estimates. The revenues would allow doubling spending on for example, helping many underprivileged citizens access this critical service.

An inheritance tax in particular could reduce unfair advantages arising from dynasty wealth. In the Indian context of deep-rooted caste inequities, such a step becomes important. While debates continue on tax forms, a consensus from broad public discourse is essential given stark inequalities. The proposal aims to reduce accumulation at the very top through an annual wealth tax, while inheritance taxes bring in steady funds.

If implemented along with redistributive programs, this could place India on a fairer growth path. Supporting poor, lower castes and middle class must complement fiscal reforms. Taxing only 370,000 high net worth individuals leaves 99.96% unaffected. As the debate on tackling wealth concentration and financing welfare progresses, a just tax system seems necessary for an inclusive .

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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