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, John David Kromkowski <jdkromkowski@...> wrote:
> If one is going to work out a system with exemption/discount (or even
> benefits - like council tax has for low income, there are benefits
> calculators which could be modified EG,
> http://www.wycombe.gov.uk/benefits_calculator/wbc-xpSp12/wbc-xpSp12.htm ),
> you've got to have the data.
> I think it would be pretty straight forward to work about benefits
> calculator (for individuals and/or households) that would do the trick.
> That is something that falls somewhere between a Universal Individual (or
> household) Exemption and a CD for the unemployment or working poor not
> making a living wage.
> So a straight tax on on land and then benefits (which would be like the
> housing allocation benefit that the council tax has as I think I understand
> it. (which might only be to ameliorate a portion of the land value tax).
Exactly. There are so many benefits and separate taxes in the UK system that there are countless ways of sneaking in a LVT/UIE without anyone noticing. They already have council tax benefit, and for the working population, you could do it as a straight deduction from income taxes exactly equal council benefit. Revalue residental properties, add new bands to council-tax and base it more on land values, steer business rates towards the same valuation method, and they're practically there.