Norway’s ‘voluntary’ tax fails miserably, collects just $1,325

When you wake up in the morning, don’t you ever just wish you could give the government more of your money? Surely, that’s what the likes of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren must be thinking since they constantly want to raise taxes to redistribute the wealth.

Well, the government of Norway believed that’s what the public thought whenever they woke up from their warm, cozy, comfortable bed. With this in mind, the Norwegians implemented a so-called voluntary tax: you simply give the state your money without any coercion.

Was this initiative a success? Nope. It failed miserably as the program collected just $1,325 in a country of more than five million people.

“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 told Bloomberg News. “If anyone thinks the tax level is too low, they now have the chance to pay more.”

Jonas Gahr Store, the Labor Party candidate with a net worth of $8 billion, complained for so long that the conservative government slashed spending and cut taxes. He even whined that he paid less taxes under the present administration. Did he ever donate his money to the state with his billions of dollars? No.

Typical of the left; all talk, no action.

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  1. JRATT1956 says:

    Only in a democracy can the political elite pass tax laws that allow them to avoid paying their fair share. But they sure want to make sure the rest of us pay our fair share. 65 percent of taxpayers use the standard deduction. I bet 100 percent of Congress and other high paid government employees use every tax deduction available.

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