Mark Rufallo, an American actor best known for his role as the Hulk in Marvel films, joined the call from more than 150 wealthy people from Davos when the global elites gathered at the Economic Forum for higher taxes.
The actor was also one of the latest signatories to an open letter, “In Tax We Trust”, first published at the Virtual Davos Conference in January, and at that time Abigail Disney, one of the heirs to the Disney Empire, joined.
“While the world has seen immense suffering over the past two years, we have seen our fortunes rise during the plague, but some of us, if any, can honestly say that we are paying a fair share of taxes,” this updated letter was written on the occasion of the Davos Forum.
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The group of “patriotic millionaires” behind the call says the number of people who signed the letter increased from 100 in January to more than 150 in May.
Its chairman, Morris Pearl, the former chief executive of financial giant BlackRock, vowed to “continue to press international leaders to heed our call: tax the rich before it’s too late.”
OECD Secretary-General Matthias Corman said in Davos on Tuesday that taxing the wealthy would be less effective than other money-makers.
“It doesn’t necessarily produce a lot of financial resources,” Mr Korman said at a conference. “It is attractive in terms of political influence, but it is not as effective in terms of objectives”, on the other hand pointing out the impact of property taxes.
“Wealth taxation has a huge scope, it has been tested and it works in some countries,” said Gabriela Butcher, chief executive of Ofxam.
The NGO is campaigning for an extraordinary solidarity tax on the newly acquired wealth of billionaires during the epidemic, with the aim of using the resources generated to support the most modest, more sustainable tax pending.
“It is impossible to spend all the money accumulated for one life,” she said Tuesday.
The OECD, for its part, is the source of the project for the multinational corporations’ minimum taxes and the distribution of the taxes on which they are currently making their profits.