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Tax Tyranny

Pascal Salin, Honorary Professor, University Paris-Dauphine, France and former President of the Mont Pèlerin Society
Tax Tyranny does not aim to give a description of existing tax systems, rather it provides readers with the intellectual instruments which enable them to understand the role of taxation in the workings of economic systems and to evaluate the fairness of taxes.
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Publication Date: March 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78990 702 5
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  • Economics and Finance
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Tax Tyranny does not aim to give a description of existing tax systems, rather it provides readers with the intellectual instruments which enable them to understand the role of taxation in the workings of economic systems and to evaluate the fairness of taxes.

The book begins with a general analysis of the economic effects of taxes. It stresses that they diminish incentives to create, to work, to save or to invest. It also stresses the fact that it is not sufficient to care about the overall burden of taxation in a country, but that it is necessary to do a rigorous analysis of the details and effects of specific taxes.

This work is based on rigorous economic theory, and it is a perfect resource for professors and scholars of economics, as well as journalists and politicians worldwide. The author does not use an overly technical approach however, and thus the book is readily accessible to all readers interested in the topic of taxation.
‘Tax Tyranny by Professor Pascal Salin is a must read for everyone in the “leave us alone” coalition. Activists, think tank leaders, and policymakers will find it to be informative on the dangers high taxes pose to the economy and to living daily life free of government controls. It is a masterpiece from one of the greatest living free-market economists.’
– Lorenzo Montanari, Americans for Tax Reform, US

‘Professor Pascal Salin, a noted international economist, understands not only the economics of taxation, he understands human nature. He knows that minor changes, difficult to enforce or even comprehend or quantify, are not good enough. As the former President of Hayek and Friedman’s Mont Pèlerin Society, Salin has seen what works around the world in large and small, advanced and developing countries. He understands how we can progress towards freedom and more individual choice. Tax Tyranny enables us to understand what to look for and what changes need to be made for all of us to prosper.’
– Edwin J. Feulner, Founder and former President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, US

‘The West’s tax burden is now unbearable, says the noted French economist Pascal Salin—and it’s arbitrary and unfair too, mutilating individual initiative and driving up unemployment. No wonder the public are angry with their politicians—they feel helpless against a system that is driven by a political class who do not understand the damage they do. This book demonstrates powerfully why our economic survival in a competitive world makes tax reform not only urgent, but vital.’
– Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute, UK

Contents: Introduction 1. The Destructive Nature Of Taxes 2. The Myth Of Progressive Taxation 3. The Over-Taxation Of Capital 4. Immoral And Harmful : Inheritance Taxes 5. The Cascade Of Taxes 6. Capitalism In Peril 7. Freeing Savings 8. A Firm Does Not Pay Taxes 9. Choosing One's Life 10. A European Single Market Without Tax Harmonization 11. Taxes For Which State ? 12. Consent To Taxation? Conclusion Index