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Post by manekemaan on 2013-01-11, 10:32

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So my first real forum post.

I was wondering, why do we tax our own people more than we do those of other countries? (VAT > Import tax)

Isn't it more logical, in a time where everything suddenly becomes bloody cheap and you can barely pay the cost of moving for fighting with the money you make, that we help our own people get their goods on the market BEFORE we help foreigners do the same?

I was wondering, what are the arguments of keeping, for an example the VAT on food 15% and the import taxes only 12%?

Why is it not better to do for an example 10% VAT and 20% Import taxes to support our belgian economy?

No ranting please, just a pure economical discussion.

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Re: Protectionism

Post by Stijn Puttemans on 2013-01-11, 10:52

=> MOD's; maybe move this topic to the Economy section.

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Re: Protectionism

Post by manekemaan on 2013-01-11, 11:53

why? in the end it will be a politcal vote. Maybe i should have added that...

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Re: Protectionism

Post by boer jan on 2013-01-11, 12:24

There was a moment that we tried to manipulate the taxes to stabilize our income, so I think that is the main raison of the difference (import is less important).
It is an interesting question, and maybe a point to discuss again.
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Re: Protectionism

Post by Beaver on 2013-01-11, 13:17

This topic should be placed in Congress - Vote section.
I support this proposal.
We should increase the Import Tax to 20 %.
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Re: Protectionism

Post by Stijn Puttemans on 2013-01-11, 15:04

Beaver Juice wrote:This topic should be placed in Congress - Vote section.
I support this proposal.
We should increase the Import Tax to 20 %.

It should be first debated in congress at least 24h before a vote can take place.
The discussion can take place in the debate section of congress our in the monetary section of our forum. Taxes has nothing do to with politics.

Maybe that the MoF can give us his vision
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Re: Protectionism

Post by Beaver on 2013-01-11, 15:20

"Debate section", my bad Wink
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Re: Protectionism

Post by manekemaan on 2013-01-11, 16:47

can someone move this topic then pls?

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Re: Protectionism

Post by Jofroi on 2013-01-12, 11:22

Just a note, the import tax is added to the VAT. So the actual import tax is 15% +12% = 27% Wink (more or less I don't remember the exact formula^^)

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Re: Protectionism

Post by manekemaan on 2013-01-12, 12:01

Are you certain of it?

That changes the whole case...

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Re: Protectionism

Post by Fhaemita Malodorous on 2013-01-12, 13:22

manekemaan wrote:Are you certain of it?

That changes the whole case...

Very certain

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Re: Protectionism

Post by boer jan on 2013-01-12, 13:33

I looked it up and indeed it is VAT+import tax
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Re: Protectionism

Post by manekemaan on 2013-01-12, 18:52

ok then nvm this discussion

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Re: Protectionism

Post by Cotarius on 2013-01-13, 10:42

Because if it's different I have to pay too much taxes :p
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