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Well, according to what I have read up on, one of the reasons for opposition is how it might take money away from the social security system that guarantees money for Swiss citizens at a certain age: "It argued that the goal of living a dignified life was already codified in the Constitution and was fulfilled by means of the social security system."...


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I cannot give a general answer because differents implementation of a basic income might have different effects. But based on the way it is implemented in Italy and judging from that perspective I can say: Basic income fuels the shadow economy: The combination of high unemployment and the possibility to use the additional income to top up a salary paid ...


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The IRS is one of the government agencies that regularily steps on the wrong toes - those of people who have money, influence and connections. At the same time it doesn't have any active programs that directly benefit any of those people, because it doesn't do the spending side. As a result, it has few people who speak or lobby in its favour and many who ...


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Few people in the electorate — basically only those who don't pay taxes because they don't have work because they don't have an education — don't have a negative sentiment towards the IRS. These are the same people who don't vote, so nobody cares. OK; some of those who don't work are on the way of being educated: the students who supported Sanders. All ...


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This is not caused by the US government in general, this is caused by the Republicans who have been in control of the House for most of the past three decade. Republicans are ideologically opposed to a strong government and want to minimize taxes in general. Thus for ideological reasons they tend to view the IRS as an enemy: it's the agency in charge of ...


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There has been a steady decline in enforcement of tax laws against the wealthiest individuals since the Reagan administration. The people who stand to lose if the tax laws are adequately enforced have bought themselves some democracy and managed to get legislators (mostly Republicans) to cut enforcement funding from the IRS and to also legislate rules that ...


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The reason for the practice in general is the same as for the tax free allowance for imported goods - it allowed travellers to bring back small amounts of alcohol as 'souveniers' - especially small amounts of alcohol specific to the place they visited, like ouzo from Greece or Tequila from Mexico. Because alcohol is one of the most heavily taxed classes of ...


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This is just speculation, but it seems to me that both countries want to increase tourism and trade, which are great sources of revenue. Allowing tourists to bring home small quantities of domestic products both increases the amount tourists spend in the host country, and creates a scarcity or privilege value that can drive exports. For instance, I might ...


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