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Encourage Philanthropy/ Donations from Wealthy Individuals

Submitted on Wednesday 24th August 2011

Published on Thursday 1st September 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Saturday 1st September 2012

Signatures: 4

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Petition Action

Encourage Philanthropy/ Donations from Wealthy Individuals

Additional Information

In light of some individuals asking to pay more tax, perhaps the government might consider encouraging the wealthy to make philanthropic donations to the government or additional tax payments to help plug the deficit.

Some of the wealthiest people pay less tax as a proportion of their income than the middle-classes because of capital gains tax rates, rebates and off-setting. Whereas this helps encourage investment, some individuals may be willing to pay more.

Donations could be made by way of additional tax or separately and may be general or to specific projects. Individuals could be encouraged to provide finance to establish new business/skills related projects (in their names).

The government may wish to encourage donations by setting up a web-page, allowing donations to be made and publicising the amount each individual pledges (allowing them to remain anonymous if they so wish). Perhaps the government could consider tax rebates or extending gift-aid on donations?

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