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Western societies have become more economically unequal, with a small minority holding the majority of the wealth while public services continue to decline. The back drop of austerity has made this inequality even starker, leading many to question whether the richest should be paying more to help fund public services?

No, the wealthy should not have to pay more tax Show more Show less

It is unfair to punish the wealthy for their success.
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Wealthy people opt out of some public services

Wealthy people do not utilise public services as much as the non-wealthy, relieving pressure on the system.
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The Argument

A sizeable portion of wealthy people opt out of using public services, including education, healthcare, and transport, in most cases relieving pressure on already stretched systems. Despite not using these services, most wealthy people continue to be happy to make a reasonable contribution towards their maintenance. However, the expectation that they should pay an increased amount for services that they do not use would be seen as presumptuous.

Counter arguments

Under the current capitalist economic model the richer you are the more societal and material benefits you receive. This includes attaining a higher standard of public services delivered in part by the private sector. This minority do economically better out of the current economic model and can therefore afford to pay a higher rate in taxation to fund public services for the majority. Wealthy individuals also derive the bulk of their income from fixed assets. Society and the economy are set up in a way that benefits the asset rich, while punishing those who are asset poor. The tax system reflects this bias, ensuring a lower rate of tax on dividends and shares compared to income earned through employment.

Premises

[P1] A large amount of the wealthy elect not to use public services, lessening the pressure on them. [P2] They are already doing their part for the preservation of public services.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] This does not outweigh the benefits the wealthy receive from society.

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