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Poor Pay Different Taxes

The poor pay a higher rate of tax than the rich. This seems unlikely because public discussions of tax focus only on direct taxes, primarily income tax. However indirect taxes, like VAT, have a huge impact on people on low incomes. Essentially the poor are paying higher taxes, because they are paying different taxes to the rich.


The publisher is the Centre for Welfare Reform.

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