Reinforcing Resilience

Keval Bharadia, Laurey Boughey – Intelligence Capital, September 2019

Developing on the 2017 proposal from former banker Professor Avinash Persaud, previous Head of Derivatives Trading at the London Stock Exchange Keval Bharadia and Stamp Out Poverty’s Research and Policy Officer Laurey Boughey make the case for the inclusion of foreign exchange transactions in a comprehensive financial transactions tax, raising an additional £10bn over the course of a 5 year Parliament.

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The Currency Transaction Tax - enhancing financial stability and financing development

Read Sony Kapoor’s original report for the Tobin Tax Network back in 2004: The Currency Transaction Tax – enhancing financial stability and financing development.



Financiers Letter

More than 50 financiers have come out in support of the financial transactions tax (i.e. Robin Hood Tax, FTT), arguing that it will reduce financial instability and raise significant additional government revenue.


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Improving resilience, increasing revenue

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, May 2017

Former banker makes the case for modernising the UK’s current stamp duty on shares which could bring in an extra £4.7bn/year, £23.5bn over the course of a 5 year Parliament.


EU FTT revenue estimations

Manfred Bergmann – European Commission D-G Tax, June 2016

This short paper estimates revenue from a financial transactions tax at €22bn.

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The European Financial Transactions Tax: A way to end AIDS

Coalition PLUS et al – Coalition PLUS, November 2016

Coalition PLUS and a number of international solidarity organisations write this report. They identify the European FTT as a method of raising revenue to bridge the gap in funding to end HIV/AIDS by 2030.

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A summary of the report:

1. The objective set by the UN to end HIV/AIDS by 2030 is realistic provided we have funding available

2. There is a funding shortfall of $7bn per year needed to realise these ambitions

3. 30% of the European FTT is enough to bridge this funding gap.



A financial transaction tax would help ensure Wall Street works for Main Street

Josh Bivens and Hunter Blair – Economic Policy Institute, July 2016

The report argues that the U.S. economy is still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. The financial transactions tax (FTT) would help ensure the financial sector compensates other sectors of the economy (particularly U.S. households) for the damage the sector inflicted.

Through generating tax revenues, decreasing the fees Americans pay on their investments, and shrinking unproductive parts of the financial sector, an FTT would help Wall Street work for Main Street.

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A summary of the report:

1. A well-designed FTT on the sale of stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other investments would be an efficient and progressive way to generate tax revenues.

2. The report analyses conservative and higher revenue projections

3. Regardless of the level of revenues raised, an FTT would be a win-win for the U.S. economy.

4. Higher revenues would result in more funds for social insurance programs and much-needed public investments.

5. Lower revenues would be the result of the FTT crowding out financial transactions of little value to the U.S. economy. This would boost Americans’ incomes through lowering fees on financial services, such as the management of 401(k)s and other accounts.

Reigning in Wall Street to benefit all Americans: the case for the financial transactions tax

Dean Baker, July 2016

This report makes a detailed case for a financial transactions tax (FTT) in the USA, which could raise around $105bn annually to cover the costs of free college education and help reduce income inequality.


Closing the Stamp Duty Loophole

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, April 2015

This paper estimates that £1.2bn to £1.9bn could be generated by closing loopholes in the UK’s stamp duty on share transactions, leading to an increase in total revenues from £3.1bn to £4.3bn to £5.0bn. 4175

Taxing Transactions in Financial Derivatives: Problems and Solutions

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, September 2014

In this report, Professor Persaud dismantles arguments made by bank lobbyists fighting against the Financial Transactions Tax. 3913