Thursday, July 6, 2017

Norway’s ‘Voluntary’ Tax Plan Brings In Just $1,325

Oh yeah, people really want to pay more in taxes.

This is what real freedom looks like.

Norway's center-right government launched a voluntary tax contribution program for those who want to pay more in taxes.

Bloomberg reports on the results:
Launched in June, the initiative has received a lukewarm reception, with the equivalent of just $1,325 in extra revenue being collected so far, according to the Finance Ministry. That’s not much for a country of 5.3 million people, many of whom are already accustomed to paying some of the highest taxes in the world (the top rate of income tax is 46.7 percent).

“The tax scheme was set up to allow those who want to pay more taxes to do so in a simple and straightforward way,” Finance Minister Siv Jensen said in an emailed comment. “If anyone thinks the tax level is too low, they now have the chance to pay more.”


  1. Norwegian here: it should be added that the option itself cost 50.000 NOK to add to our beurocracy - while it brought in 11.300 in revenue.

    Central planning at its best.

    Our media also demonizes our rich citizens on a daily basis, latest is today Petter Stordalen - the owner of choice hotels++ getting a real bashin for paying zero taxes from his non-existent payroll.

    They forgot to mention all the jobs he creates, plus the millions his company pays.

    He's pretty good at defending himself thouh, you could probably google translate for the whole story.

    Norway: where socialism works as long as oil flows through our streets.

  2. Also: Siv Jensen is quoted. For her - this is a victory.

    Her party (Progress party) advocates lower taxes, less regulation, smaller state.
    With 16%, they are in a 2-party coalition with Høyre (right), who also slashes taxes.

    The opposition has been critizising them for giving to the rich, and is campaigning on higher taxes - helped by the media narrative 'your average Norwegian WANTS to pay more to ensure social justice for everyone.

    Siv Jensen (finance minister) countered by making this option possible - to test the oppositions theory.

    Now we have the results.
    We don't want to pay more taxes.

  3. No one seems to think THEIR taxes are too low, only YOUR taxes are too low.

    But this is a brilliant idea none the less. We should set it up for the USG so any rich leftists have an outlet to assuage their guilt.

  4. Taxachusetts offers a option for people to pay a higher rate(5.85 ?) if they wish.
    Just over 1,000 people chose to do it.

    Progressives appear to be frauds on both sides of the pond.

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