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In the News (Tue 25 Jun 19)

  
  Green tax shift
A green tax shift is a fiscal policy which lowers the taxes on income including wages and profit, and raises taxes on consumption, particularly on the consumption of non-renewable or unsustainable consumption.
Tax shifting may include balancing taxation levels to be revenue neutral for government, industry or cinsumer groups.
Taxes on consumtion may take the feebate[?] approach advocated by Lovins in which additional fees on less sustainable products - such as SUV's - are pooled to fund rebates on more sustainable alternatives - such as hybrid electric vehicles.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/gr/Green_tax_shift.html   (195 words)

  
 Worldwide green parties - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Green Parties are part of, but do not exclusively represent, a larger political movement to reform human governance to better fit the constraints of the biosphere — usually called the Green movement to contrast it from the electoral participation of the legally-registered Parties.
Green defenders of the Green Tax shift respond that the poor are often the first and greatest victims of environmental degradation and do not have the resources to adapt or move away.
Green Parties are often formed in a given jurisdiction by a coalition of scientific ecologists, community environmentalists, and local (or national) leftist groups or groups concerned with peace or citizens rights.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Green_Party   (3725 words)

  
 Green politics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most Greens reject radical centrist politics though there is a strong overlap between that perspective and what is occasionally referred to as the "realist" wing of the Greens.
Greens often refer to productivism, consumerism and scientism as examples of "grey" views, which implies age, ashphalt and obsolete ideas of human social organization, including globalization of economic relations.
Green politics is usually said to include the green anarchism, eco-anarchism, anti-nuclear and peace movements - although these often claim not to be aligned with any party.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Green_politics   (771 words)

  
 Land Value Taxation and Ecological Tax Reform
The two-rate property tax, moreover, is the most commonly used political implementation of land value taxation, and is a perfectly normal example of ecological tax reform, the latest mechanism for advancing ecotaxes.
If people, for example, are taxed on their consumption of gasoline, or if a fuel tax is levied earlier in the production process but is passed along to consumers, the result is considered regressive because poor people spend a higher portion of their income on gasoline than do rich people.
The pre-existence of a land value tax in most communities, however, does allow another strategy by its proponents-an attack on whatever local taxes are least popular, a call for their termination, the municipality to maintain its revenues by adding to the land value tax.
www.taxpolicy.com /etrbeck.htm   (6034 words)

  
 An Exciting Tax Shift Plan for Winnipeg -- and the World
With tax shifting, or what could simply be called smart taxes, we reduce tax on "goods" and increase tax on "bads." The overall effect is revenue neutral, but now the tax system is working for us -- helping us create the kinds of cities we want while providing incentives for a robust and efficient economy.
With tax shifting, the majority of taxes are shifted onto the value of the land, while taxes on improvements are lowered.
Taxes are like the rudder of a city, setting the direction of economic and social development and, over time, shaping the very life and character of a place.
www.progress.org /2003/shift22.htm   (1668 words)

  
 A Green Tax Shift Policy Approach To Financing Local-To-Global Public Goods
Shifting taxes to land and resources curbs speculation and private profiteering in our common property and is a practical way to conserve and fairly share the earth.
Green tax reform could become a comprehensive and universally accepted approach to public finance policy that can readily be integrated into such a three-tier system of local-to-global governance.
This type of green tax shift also would be recommended for rural areas where it has potential for non-coercive land reform which could underpin the transition to organic farming and a revitalized rural 'eco-village' culture.
www.earthrights.net /docs/greentax.html   (1218 words)

  
 Green Tax
An English Summary of The Norwegian Green Tax Commission Oslo, Norway 1996 Main points in the mandate were to investigate how to change the present tax system away from taxation of labour and towards activities that imply increased use of resources and harmful emissions in a longer term perspective, i.e.
The outcome has been green taxes that are often fiscally biased, which are too low compared with the externalities they should price and which address the smaller rather than the larger polluters, granting the latter substantial exemptions.
Such a change in the tax system which shifts taxes away from labour and capital and onto the use of resources is known as an ecological tax reform (ETR).
virtualeco.8m.com /vtaxgreen.html   (1764 words)

  
 Tidepool | Features
While shifting the tax burden from individuals to polluting actions nets obvious benefits, the idea achieves a subtler goal of moving taxes from labor and capital toward resources and raw material, or in other words, nature.
While environmental taxes have made their way into the tax codes in a few states, no government at any level in the US is seriously considering the idea, said NEW's Durning in an interview with E Magazine.
But what tax shift supporters have in their favor is that the idea can gain support from a wide range of political circles, progressive and otherwise.
www.tidepool.org /original_content.cfm?articleid=44049   (2547 words)

  
 Environmental Tax Shift ecotax eco-tax ETR
We can promote taxes on all sorts of destructive or dangerous activities -- air pollution, sprawl, water pollution, creating nuclear wastes, etc. At the same time, we can propose reducing the tax burden on things that are actually good for society, such as wheelchairs, people's wages, affordable housing, and books.
So, the Green Tax Shift is moving us in some very good directions -- tax bad things so as to discourage pollution and other destructive activities, and liberate good things from burdens of taxation.
The Green Tax Shift has become a major focus of environmental activism -- our government is regulating destructive activities less, enforcing anti-pollution laws less, but you know one thing it will always pay close attention to, and that's Taxation.
www.progress.org /banneker/taxshift.htm   (421 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Conference Tax Reform Leaders Convene
The earliest explicit call for such a shift in tax burdens, away from labor and capital, and toward environmental privileges, was made in 1879 by economist Henry George.
Near the root of the tax shift concept is a principle called "polluter pays," which states simply that he who pollutes the environment ought to bear the responsibility of cleaning it up.
An exciting part of the plan in Tax Shift is a shift in property taxes from being levied, as at present, on land values and improvement values together, to a property tax on land values only.
www.progress.org /shconf.htm   (629 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Gaining Popularity
That's unfortunate because a major shift of the tax burden away from good economic activity to environmentally harmful practices would spark a green revolution good for the environment and the economy.
Under the current tax regime, governments net the billions of dollars they need almost exclusively by taking a cut of economic activity (personal income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, and so on) for no better reason than that governments needed the money and these sources are the easiest to collect from.
No matter how justified green taxes may be, if they're presented as tax increases, they're bound to encounter the sort of stiff opposition that sank the Chretien government's proposed carbon tax.
www.progress.org /shift03.htm   (796 words)

  
 Environmental Tax Shift   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Currently, taxes are a destructive nuisance that penalize workers and distort economic decisionmaking.
The property tax shift, originally conceived by the first tax shift economist, has been making very good progress in Pennsylvania, Virginia and other states.
Nine Western European countries have implemented environmental tax shifts recently, mostly as a means to reduce air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, the global warming culprit.
www.progress.org /shift20.htm   (636 words)

  
 Northwest Environment Watch - Reforms - Tax Shifting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Taxes are the DNA of the economy: invisible, cryptic, and awesomely powerful.
Tax shifting—an innovation implemented in a dozen European countries—means reducing taxes on paychecks and profits and replacing the revenue, dollar for dollar, with taxes on pollution, resource consumption, sprawl, and traffic.
Shifting the property tax partially or entirely off buildings and onto land would create a powerful incentive for investment in city and town centers and adjacent neighborhoods—revitalizing downtowns and reducing sprawl.
www.northwestwatch.org /reforms/taxes.asp   (369 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Gaining Popularity
Sustainable America's 10 taxes can alleviate a broad array of environmental hazards: global warming; discharges of industrial poisons into air and water; agricultural toxicants (fertilizers and pesticides); smog created by motor vehicles; suburban sprawl and urban blight; contaminated land (so-called "brownfields"); municipal garbage; excessive use of water; destruction of forests; and depletion of fisheries.
If the property tax were taken off of urban buildings and focused on the land beneath the buildings, this would penalize land speculation and would reward people who built on their land.
There can be one major drawback to this property tax shift: it could create an incentive to build on open spaces and ecologically sensitive areas, so these areas will need to be vigorously protected by zoning and by the establishment of strict urban growth boundaries, such as have been enacted in cities like Portland, Oregon.
www.progress.org /shift18.htm   (1120 words)

  
 Financing Local to Global Public Goods: An Integrated Green Tax Shift Perspective
Green tax shift policy is a rapidly emerging new perspective on tax reform which emphasizes the incentive capacity inherent in public finance policy.
Green tax principles are an explicit and well-reasoned set of values and goals that can be succinctly stated - tax more heavily the behaviors that use and harm the earth's land and natural resources and untax activities we want to support and promote.
Green tax reform has the potential for becoming a comprehensive and universally accepted approach to public finance policy that can readily be integrated into such a three-tier system of local-to-global governance.
www.earthrights.net /docs/financing.html   (9582 words)

  
 The CPA Journal
Her proposal is replete with political slogans such as "tax waste, not work," "tax bads, not goods," and "pay for what you take, not what you make." The slogans illustrate Hartzok's preference for environmental and land-based taxes over taxes on income, capital, and consumption of necessities.
The debit tax formula simply states that a small percentage (Qd of 1% is suggested) be added to the amount withdrawn from all accounts held in trust by banks and other financial institutions and deposited instantly when cleared into the national treasury.
The green shift that Hartzok describes does not need an income tax system in order to work, and, as noted earlier, it is not intended as a substitute for a comprehensive income tax system.
www.nysscpa.org /cpajournal/2000/0200/f142000.html   (2543 words)

  
 Anglican Bishop Calls for Green Tax Shift
Changes in the tax regime would need to be introduced gradually, but shifting it from one area to another would keep the overall tax take the same and make the change tax neutral to the economy.
There are real concerns that green taxes could hit the poor disproportionately, but they believe it is possible to devise strategies that would relieve hardship.
Shifting the burden of tax from labour to resource in today's world would mean that the most successful businesses would be those which deployed labour as creatively and innovatively as possible so as to use the minimum amount of original material in their products.
www.progress.org /2004/taxes01.htm   (818 words)

  
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Environmental taxes as a proportion of all taxes fell in 2001 from 6.6% to 6.5%.
It shows that labour taxes' share of all taxes fell significantly between 1995 and 1999 while environmental taxes' share was stable, effectively producing a relative, or "green" tax shift from labour to the environment in that period.
On this measure, there was actually what one could call a "brown" tax shift in 2001, even though half of EU countries now have formal environmental tax reform programmes.
www.edie.net /news/news_story_printable.asp?id=7406   (428 words)

  
 Straight Goods - Greens Are Socially Progressive - "Addressing poverty is clearly an environmental as well as an ...
In effect, the Green Tax Shift is a shift and not a net new tax cost to citizens.
Any economic inequalities that might occur as a result of the Green Tax Shift would be fully addressed by slightly re-adjusting income tax categories and tax rates as well as through a direct eco-tax rebate for those who pay no income tax.
Mr Swift can be assured that if the Green Tax Shift cannot be implemented in a manner that was at the very minimum equity-neutral, then alternatives to the income tax reduction plan (like a reduction to EI premiums or a reduced GST) would be explored in order to maintain our revenue AND equity neutral commitment.
www.straightgoods.ca /ViewLetter.cfm?REF=1494   (416 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Ideas from New Zealand
He says that "tax shift" would involve making the first $15,000 earned tax-free - giving all workers $15 a week extra in the hand and helping business because of the resulting spending boost.
Donald is confident the Greens' figures on its tax proposal are robust, having been submitted to Treasury and analysed by independent researcher the New Zealand Institute for Economic Research.
He says if the Greens are returned to power in coalition with Labour they are "keen to work in partnership with businesses" to build a "strong, stable, self-reliant economy that is environmentally sustainable".
www.progress.org /2005/greenp36.htm   (716 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Canada
In the lead-up to the budget, NDP has made a lot of noise about their commitment to shifting taxes from personal income to environmentally destructive pollution and consumption — a move the Green Party has been demanding for years.
Green Party researchers tell me that the money generated from such a system would allow us to abolish personal income tax and reduce corporate income tax.
The Green economy that we would help build would not only abolish personal taxes, it would also put BC in the forefront of the green technologies needed to develop truly sustainable communities.
www.progress.org /archive/shift19.htm   (863 words)

  
 Tax Reform Means Rebates for People, Efficient Land Use
The votes were cast not during the general election of November 3rd -- the result, by a margin of 56% for this Property Tax Shift (PTS), was the outcome of public opinion research commissioned by the California League of Conservation Voters.
The event’s keynoter Friday morning was Alan Thein Durning, author of Tax Shift and founder of Northwest Environment Watch.
This inchoate coalition has a timeline: 1999, win a legislative study of the complete green tax shift package; 2000, educate and outreach to potential allies, the general public, and even potential opponents; 2001, lobby the legislature; if elected officials fail to shift taxes, in 2002 put the proposal on the ballot before all voters.
www.progress.org /js01.htm   (1001 words)

  
 Alternatives Journal: Green Tax Shift Should Help the Economy and Environment.(Brief Article)@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The United Kingdom is combating environmental damage by redirecting taxes from people to pollution, joining other Western European leaders of this green tax movement.
In this year's budget, the UK announced the shifting of $2.2 billion from payroll taxes to an energy tax, to come into effect in 2001.
The government is undertaking this green tax shift to help transfer the tax burden from "goods" to bads," thereby promoting employment while discouraging ecounfriendly activities.
highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?docid=1G1:66964849&refid=ink_tptd_mag   (216 words)

  
 The budget for 2005: a commitment to more jobs and increased welfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A continuation of the green tax shift is a key element in the Governments strategy for transforming Sweden into an ecologically sustainable society.
The assessment made in the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill in 2000 was that there was an overall scope of SEK 30 billion for the tax shift in the period 2001-2010.
Wealth tax will be reduced in 2005 by raising the exemption for married couples and cohabiting couples with children to SEK 3 million.
www.sweden.gov.se /sb/d/4173/a/30037   (1994 words)

  
 Green Tax Shift Headquarters ecological tax reform ecotax eco-tax pollution
Green Taxes Project has the latest news from the exciting Minnesota campaign for a serious tax shift.
Green Budget Reform -- some Canadian resources on ecological tax reform, the environment and fiscal responsibility.
Coalition Seeks a Green Tax Shift for Washington, D.C. The European Environmental Agency has, among many other things, a report on Environmental Taxes.
www.progress.org /banneker/shift.html   (505 words)

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