Brazil’s finance minister suggests taxing the super-rich at G20 meeting.

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  • Brazil’s finance minister, Fernando Haddad, proposed a global tax on the super-rich at a recent G20 meeting in Sao Paulo.
  • Haddad aims to tackle tax evasion and ensure that the wealthiest individuals contribute to society and sustainable development.

In a recent G20 meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s finance minister, Fernando Haddad, made a bold proposal to implement a global tax on the super-rich in order to address widespread tax evasion. Haddad emphasized the importance of international cooperation in ensuring that the wealthiest individuals make their fair contribution to society and the planet’s sustainable development.

Haddad’s proposal comes at a time when scandals like the Panama Papers Leak and the Paradise Papers have shed light on the prevalence of tax evasion and avoidance in global business practices. Furthermore, reports indicate that billionaires worldwide have effective tax rates equivalent to between 0% and 0.5% of their wealth, highlighting the need for greater taxation on the wealthy.

President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva’s administration in Brazil has prioritized issues concerning the developing world, such as inequality reduction and multilateral institution reform. Haddad stressed the importance of Brazil’s role in addressing environmental, social, and fiscal issues that are often overlooked in global forums like the G20.

While there is growing global consensus on the need for higher taxes on the super-rich, challenges remain in reaching a common agreement. U.S. President Joe Biden has advocated for a billionaire minimum income tax, but the likelihood of Congress passing such a proposal is minimal. However, with the United Nations General Assembly endorsing stronger international tax cooperation, there is hope for progress in addressing global tax evasion and wealth inequities.

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