I came across an excellent site at http://www.resourcerentalsrevenue.org, and thought their FAQ page particularly worth sharing. The links will take you to answers.
We don't HAVE to burden ourselves and our economy with taxes which throw a wet blanket on jobs, on production, on homes. There is a better way to finance our common spending!
The following list comprises the most commonly asked questions about the concept of making land and resource rentals the source of revenue for government. As you continue this study, you will see the value from giving resources the respect they deserve and the benefits resulting from the freeing of labour, production and exchange from taxation. If you have any questions which are not covered here, or observations you would like to put to our panel, please feel free to do so by sending your question as an e-mail query and we will attempt to respond.
The inclusion of land and resources in the economic equation is central to any solution for revenue raising. A taxation solution which does not consider the nature of taxation itself and allows the continuing private monopolisation of community land and resources fails to recognise the essential role land plays in the economic equation and will not work. Land is the only element in the economic equation which is both fixed and finite. It can be monopolised. It is a unique class of asset which must be treated accordingly. If we were to wrest not the land itself, but its unimproved value from private monopolies and return the value to the community — whose very presence creates it — then we would have reduced many problems in one stroke with great benefit to production, to the environment and to the cause of individual freedom and justice.
On the subject of land and resource rents, Henry George said this:
- What’s with all the terminology?
- Won’t the site rent be passed on to the tenant?
- It sounds too simple
- What is the difference between Land Value and Land Price?
- What is meant by ‘unimproved’ value?
- Why is income from land ‘unearned’ income?
- There is no such thing as a free lunch.
- There is no unimproved land value!
- This tax, like a debits tax, ignores two of the basic principles of raising tax
- It’s incorrect to suggest that income derived from holding land or resources out of use is not a productive activity. It is, since it produces income for the owner.
- Will I be better off with Resource Rentals?
- Are resource rentals fair?
- Wouldn’t the wealthy simply find some way of evading it?
- Wouldn’t the wealthy sell up and flee with their wealth?
- Won’t the poor get caught, while the rich escape as usual?
- Would farmers be able to afford the tax?
- How will it affect multinationals (MNC’s)?
- How will it affect lenders and borrowers?
- Entrepreneurs and Manufacturers?
- Exporters and Importers?
- Won’t it fall harder on the prince in his mansion than on the pauper in his hovel?
- How would old age pensioners on valuable sites be able to pay the site rent as suggested?
- What happens to the self-funded or partly self-funded retiree?
- Unemployed adults - currently untaxed but perhaps owning their own home? Will they have to pay as well?
- The investor in a site has taken a risk, and tied up their capital – who else could possibly be entitled to their capital gain?
- How would such a system be implemented?
- What would happen to Land Prices?
- If resource rentals are such a good idea, why don’t we have them?
- Why would anyone want to own land under this system?
- How do I buy a property?
- If site values fall, won’t revenue fall too?
- How will it curb unemployment?
- Wouldn’t we run out of space?
- Who wins; who loses?
- Will pensioners and retirees - currently untaxed but living in their own property, be liable for site rents? Will they be reimbursed for past taxes paid?
- New enterprises - yet to realise any profit but paying tax on the property from which they operate? If you tax them, won’t they fail?
- Why don’t we impose reciprocal import duties?
- What about anti-pollution tax rebates?
- What about a Debits Tax?
- Site Rent for Revenue is a crackpot idea.
- Why put the entire burden of taxation on one area of economic activity?