Skattesystemet – enkelt forklaret

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Skattesystemet – enkelt forklaret 😉

* For dem af jer der forstår – er det ikke nødvendigt at forklare nærmere 😉
* For dem af jer der ikke forstår – er det ikke muligt at forklare nærmere 🙁

HOW THE TAX SYSTEM WORKS:

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all tencomes to £100…

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go somethinglike this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay £1.
The sixth would pay £3.
The seventh would pay £7..
The eighth would pay £12.
The ninth would pay £18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that’s what they decided to do..The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with thearrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

“Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce thecost of your daily beer by £20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just£80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes.
So the first four men were unaffected.They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men? The paying customers?

How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his fairshare?

They realized that £20 divided by six is £3.33.
But if they subtracted thatfrom everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each endup being paid to drink his beer.So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s billby a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of thetax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts hesuggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid £2 instead of £3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid £5 instead of £7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before.
And the first four continued todrink for free.
But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare theirsavings.”I only got a pound out of the £20 saving,” declared the sixth man.He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got £10!””Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a pound too.It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get £10 back, when Igot only £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t getanything at all.
This new tax system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine satdown and had their beers without him.
But when it came time to pay thebill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough moneybetween all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how ourtax system works.

The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the mostbenefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not showup anymore.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere issomewhat friendlier.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed 😉
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible 🙁

Credits to my BlackStar colleague Andrew Coulthard

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