Bill Gates judges he should pay more taxes and tackles Trump's tax reform

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on 19.02.2018 at 16:35

"I paid more taxes, more than ten billion dollars, than anyone but the government should demand people in my position to pay much higher taxes, "said Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, vilifying the tax reform Donald Trump.

 Bill Gates judges he should pay more taxes

Billionaire Bill Gates on 13 February 2018 in New York

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Billionaire Bill Gates on February 13, 2018 in New York. 19659008] The American billionaire Bill Gates believes that he should, as well as all the wealthy taxpayers in the United States, pay more taxes, qualifying the tax reform President Donald Trump of "regressive". "I should pay more taxes, "Bill Gates told CNN. "I paid more taxes, more than ten billion dollars, than anyone else but the government should require people in my position to pay much higher taxes."

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Second richest man in the world behind the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos the co-founder of Microsoft has a fortune estimated at more than 90 billion dollars of which he directed a large part towards humanitarian causes and medical research in particular.

"A regressive tax law"

He did not mince his words towards the reform Donald Trump's tax bill passed at the end of December by the Congress –in the hands of Republicans – which granted significant reductions to businesses. Their tax rate has thus fallen from 35% to 21% and multinationals can temporarily repatriate their profits abroad to the United States at rates ranging between 8% and 15.5%. Before the reform, these profits were totally exempt from taxation as long as they remained "parked" abroad and found themselves taxed at 35% if they were "repatriated" to the United States.

"This n is not a progressive tax law, it's a regressive tax law, "Bill Gates said, arguing that the benefits would be felt by the super-rich, contrary to the Republicans' claims that the reform is aimed at benefiting workers and the class. average. "The richest people tend to have much higher benefits than the middle class or the poor, so it's contrary to the general trend that we prefer to see with enhanced safety nets and those who are at home. top who pay higher taxes, "commented the billionaire.

(with AFP)

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