Public: Tax
Tariff-Tariff   (+3)  [vote for, against]
Fight fire with fire

Lobbyists of all shapes and sizes daily convince governments to levy taxes on imports, in order to protect domestic industry interests (at the expense of the consumers). We are left with a humongous web of largely arbitrary rules which distort the market and are beneficial to few and costly to many.

The Tariff-Tariff is a proportion of all this taxed money, say 10%, to be earmarked for the work of throwing out all this special interest legacy. Use it to pay for independent assessment of how beneficial a given import tax actually is to the whole of the country; if it is found wanting, throw it out.
-- placid_turmoil, Feb 10 2011

That's sort of what VAT is. It's used (or a proportion of it is used) to fund the EU, an organisation whose prime purpose (allegedly) is to remove barriers to trade within and between its member states.
-- DrBob, Feb 10 2011


VAT is a tax that is levied at each stage where value is added; import tariffs have no relation to added value, they are merely the result of lobbying.

You are correct in saying that the EU is attempting to remove trade barriers (at least internally). The advantage of the Tariff-Tariff is that the budget is automatically proportional to the size of the problem; the more money taxed on imports, the bigger the budget to debunk inept tariffs.
-- placid_turmoil, Feb 10 2011



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