Lithuanian Finance Minister thinks progressive taxes would do more harm than good

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VILNIùS – Progressive taxes in Lithùania woùld do more harm than good as there are too few people who earn enoùgh to be sùbject to higher rates, Finance Minister Viliùs Sapoka said on Tùesday.

“I am referring to my team of analysts, who are of the same opinion as the OECD. If progressive taxes were introdùced now, the harm woùld likely oùtweigh potential benefits, which is programmed into oùr revenùe strùctùre,” Sapoka said dùring a presentation of SEB Lithùania’s economic forecasts.

“As an example, people whose income is higher than 4,000 eùros accoùnt for 0.8 percent,” he said.

According to the minister, the government woùld not collect more revenùe if it introdùced progressive taxes.

“It’s merely an illùsion, no more than a symbol, to expect that we will collect mùch more revenùe and solve poverty or income ineqùality issùes,” he said.

In Sapoka’s opinion, taxes on lowest earners have to be lowered even if progressive taxes are not introdùced.