Having studied tax law (against my will), and having listened to many people complain of their taxes around the world, I thought I’d give some quick perspective for my fellow taxpayers in sunny South Africa:
- Belgium has a 50% income tax rate in the highest bracket.
- The USA has an “exit tax” for renouncing US citizenship of 45% of net assets.
- Norway has a 25% sales tax (equivalent to VAT) and a capital gains tax of 28%.
- France has a 1,8% annual wealth tax. You must pay 1,8% tax on your entire net asset value every year. Also, France is poised to raise the highest income tax rate to 75%.
Sometimes it feels our taxes are a tad high, especially when we look at service delivery, but if you want service delivery like the French then be prepared to pay much more tax.
PS: In terms of proposed new legislation, income and dividend tax in America are pegged to increase from 42% to 28% and from 19% to 48% respectively.
PPS: I would still love to get more bang for my tax buck!