I take my hat off. 09 March 2020. What exactly is so "modern" about this I don't know. He makes a distinction between funded and unfunded deficits. For example, he argues that The changes mooted by the UK Treasury include aligning capital gains tax with income tax, removing additional pensions relief for the better off and increasing corporation tax. Our Website uses cookies to improve your experience. "crossMark": true, Managing Fiscal Risks: Government Response to the 2017 Fiscal Risks Report. The role of tax in society is complex. Render date: 2020-12-05T03:56:35.874Z It’s called unemployment, which MMT thinks should be eliminated, which it proposes to do by way of what might be called a Keynesian style stimulus until such time as that goal is achieved. Or garbage, to useTorsten Bell’s language. MMT starts from the premise that all money is a “promise to pay” – that means money is a matter of trust. Tax in this interpretation is about shaping economic activity and social relations. Fifth, what would you like to ask them?? Likewise, it has been suggested governments are reluctant to increase taxes due to electoral pressures (Epstein, Reference Epstein2019). “We’re 100% secure As Michell notes, the argument is technically correct in terms of the mechanics – the UK government will never run out of pounds. Don’t get me wrong: I am not saying don’t tax the wealthy. The motivation to pay tax voluntarily springs from the basic human characteristic that we are social beings and have both an individual and a collective identity. There is a danger that MMT’s correct view of money can be used for purposes other than intended. Consequently, social policy is often seen as something determined and constrained by tax revenue. Modern Monetary Theory (‘MMT’) presents a reversal of the tax-spend cycle, by identifying a spend-tax cycle. At this juncture Michell is just wrong. There are, I have to admit, those within MMT who still do not get the importance of tax. But having missed this point he then begins to turn on MMT. And he hates modern monetary theory. However I am not sure you (I haven’t much read other protagonists of MMT) have shown that this is unnecessary, only that it is quite loosely coupled so that any balancing can only be seen over timescales of multiple years or decades. Scepticism about MMT has been commonplace, even among heterodox economists (Epstein, Reference Epstein2019). A government can create as much money as it wants. It could, when allowances and reliefs are provided for be stated as noted in Table 2. Michell then notes that Likewise, the willingness to hold cash balances is not without limit: at some point, those holding newly-created pounds will use these balances to spend on goods and services, or to purchase assets such as houses or  stocks and shares. 10. } They were talking about Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT. those to Christian Reilly & Patricia Pino at the “The MMT Podcast”). What makes different people do different things with money? Firstly, existing tax reliefs have fuelled an increase in wealth inequality in the UK (Rowlingson and McKay, Reference Rowlingson and McKay2012; Bell and Corlett, Reference Bell and Corlett2019; Hebden et al., Reference Hebden, Palmer and Tyldesley2019). 2020. But what he fails to understand is that what MMT says that it is entirely happy with a balanced budget if sustainable full employment - the goal of left of centre politics these days, I would hope he agrees - is achieved. But, given their focus, these critiques have largely overlooked the implications of the sequences of an MMT spend-tax cycle. The individual personal allowance, which provides an annual tax free sum to all who have income subject to income tax is the most expensive allowance, costing £107bn. The Left in this country is a busted flush. If you think I am wrong no doubt you will tell me and I would be quite happy to discover if and why I am wrong We usually call such a scenario “a failed state”. It is, in other words, an instrument of fiscal policy that makes that relocation of resources possible. A tax spillover is the impact one aspect of tax policy has on the available tax base within the same state, or other states (IFS, 2011; Nanda and Parkes, Reference Nanda and Parkes2019). If you read Walter Bagehot’s 19th century book “Lombard Street” then the book’s central argument about the need to have a reserves creation facility (influxes) in the system to stop financial panics ultimately became accepted as necessary commonsense. The role taxes play in a country that can produce its own sovereign currency That is they reinforce and buttress other direct taxes such as income tax, or social security, maintaining the integrity and functioning of tax systems as integrated entities. document.write(""); Tax Research UK Blog is written by Richard Murphy unless otherwise stated and published by ​Tax Research LLP under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. It does seem to me though that as long as you don’t use the initials MMT there is not a lot between you. Fourth, in answer to the question, “Will any major CB reverse QE (by selling from their bond portfolio or not rolling over existing holdings) in the next 10 years?” – the room was evenly split. The suggestion doe# not make @ lot of sense, Central reserve balances in the U.K. carry interest at 0.1%, I am not sure they contribute that much income. Rather than ignoring political economy difficulties therefore, MMT usefully highlights biases in tax policy in terms of redistribution and inequality that simultaneously act to hamper the utility of tax policies’ cancellation function. 3. Such critiques have largely been aimed at questioning the political and policy realism of adopting MMT policy prescriptions, such as those proposed by American Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Ocasio-Cortez, Reference Ocasio-Cortez2019) in a US version of the Green New Deal based on green infrastructure quantitative easing (Murphy and Hines, Reference Murphy and Hines2010; Green New Deal Group, 2013; Murphy, Reference Murphy2015b). Modern Monetary Theory, Part 1: What is it and why is it gaining currency in these volatile times? I don’t consider myself an MMTer, but there is a basic Keynesian concept which has … The climate emergency and the pandemic require a fundamental restructuring of the economy. No I don’t. First, lack of coverage of these allowances and reliefs prevents a full and proper consideration of their social implications and their appropriateness. But why do you want positive interest rates? Nevertheless, the implications of MMT insights on the sequences of the spend-tax cycle, where tax is not confined to revenue-raising and tax revenue is not prior to government spending, are worthy of further exploration. One of MMTs golden nuggets that should be embraced by the Left. As government expenditures associated with the COVID-19 crisis continue to mount, and as government tax revenues decline along with economic activity, so does the government’s fiscal deficit increase. 7. Stephanie Kelton writes this (following Keynes); “Coming up with the money is the easy part. If only Michell knew some accounting and basic double entry, on which secure foundation MMT is built, he would appreciate this. Which is, of course, exactly what MMT does, only on a vastly more informed basis than Michell is suggesting because MMT places tax within its true macroeconomic framing, which Michell wholly fails to do, and because MMT correctly explains tax’s relationship with fiat money, which Michell plainly fails to understand. Where MMT would agree with Michell is on his final sentence: If we want to see systemic change, it’s time for the left to argue for progressive tax reform on it own terms. However, of this sum at least 35 per cent (and maybe more) is then forgone by government choice. Ruane, Sally One of the reasons I suppose they are so hostile to tax is that so many are up to their ears in debt- property debt mostly as well as car debt (those nice Audi’s and Range Rovers are very expensive after all). Unsurprisingly, as a result the implications of MMT’s macroeconomic understandings for tax have received little attention outside the inner MMT sanctum. My great uncle was Methodist minister in the 30s and 40s in Tonypandy, South Wales. We also go beyond existing social policy literature, which has identified that social tax expenditures (STEs), or tax spends (Kay, Reference Kay1986), represent foregone revenue through reliefs and credits as a new form of fiscal welfare to recipients (Howard, Reference Howard1997; Hacker, Reference Hacker2002; Morel et al., Reference Morel, Touzet and Zemmour2018). Government spending on the basis of available central bank credit, is, as with all money creation, a process that does not require the existence of prior deposits in a bank (McLeay et al., Reference McLeay, Radia and Thomas2014) or, in the case of a government, revenue raised in advance by taxation. So all the money you invest with us is 100% secure. This highlights the significance of tax spends (Kay, Reference Kay1986), or STEs, and also makes clear that the costs of redistributing income and wealth, repricing market failure and reorganising the economy (Murphy, Reference Murphy2015a) are already implicit within the tax system but are almost never identified as such because the data in Table 2 is never made available by the UK government as a basis for policy discussions (McDaniel and Surrey, Reference McDaniel and Surrey1985; Corlett, Reference Corlett2015). MMT scotches that untruth. This alternative framing has considerable appeal for understanding and designing taxes from a social policy perspective. But what was so outrageous about the incriminated economic theory that it deserved the rejection and anger of right-wing politicians in the first place? The overall cash held in central reserve accounts with the Bank of England does not change. That motivation is required to overcome the natural instinct to “keep one’s own money” as much a possible. — March 23, 2020 The escalating COVID-19 public-health crisis has spawned a collateral economic crisis as governments try to contain the virus’ spread by either encouraging or mandating restrictions on commerce and mobility. An exploration of the claims of MMT provides the macroeconomic foundations for such an alternative framing (Wray, Reference Wray2012; Murphy, Reference Murphy2015b). Readily accept that money is created by government not ‘borrowed’, but concerned about asset price inflation resulting from QE – a massive increase in wealth inequality. When the saving process is not required to drive investment, the socially regressive nature of such policies becomes much clearer. That’s not what MMT says. Who is teaching it? Published online by Cambridge University Press:  Something in Richard Murphy’s “Tax and modern monetary theory” doesn’t add up. When MMT says that a major role of taxes is to help offset demand rather than generate revenue, we are recognising that taxes are a critical part of a whole suite of potential demand offsets, which also includes things like tightening financial and credit regulations to reduce bank lending, market finance, speculation and fraud.”. We advocate harnessing MMT insights with new tools for assessing tax policies and administrative practices, including their potential system undermining consequences, such as our recent tax spillover framework (Baker and Murphy, Reference Baker and Murphy2019a), to evaluate the combined macroeconomic and social implications of STEs on a more systematic basis. Not taxing capital gains on people’s homes costs £27.2bn a year. It also means a range of tax practices, policies and reliefs need to be evaluated to assess whether corporate taxes fulfil this function (Baker and Murphy, Reference Baker and Murphy2019a). MMT’s insights on the spend-tax cycle and the resulting cancellation function, also effectively elevate social policy criteria as the basis for evaluating tax measures’ usefulness. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/oct/10/covid-uk-fund-own-operations-private-for-knee-hip-cataract-operations-pay Other research has explored the strategies through which actors on the left and the right seek to build social movements to change taxation policy (Martin, Reference Martin2015; Seabrooke and Wigan, Reference Seabrooke and Wigan2015). This latter lens derives from Libertarian/Neoliberal thinking where money is not regarded as an instrument of social obligation simply because from this mental perspective nothing in life is really seen as connected to anything else. If that’s being left wing,  I am flabbergasted. They don’t destroy them. (Sung to the well know Dire Straits ‘Money for nothing’. And let me assure him, once more, that not a person in MMT would disagree. There are too many followers in the Left and not enough leaders. Recognising this problem, MMT proposes that governments increase taxes when necessary to remove money from circulation and avoid inflation. If we look at these issues from the ANTHROPOLOGICAL perspective it is immediately apparent that both the legitimacy of the state and the legitimacy of the currency are based on TRUST and the formation of a web of mutual rights and obligations amongst citizens. The implication of these allowances is that the data in Table 1 is misstated. Modern Monetary Theory, Part 4: MMT and quantitative easing — May 28, 2020 . This is simply wrong for two really quite elementary reasons. Claims that pandemic-induced increases in public debt need to be “paid back” are simply incorrect and should be refuted. Borrowing is a choice. On an entirely separate note…… Full employment is the aim, and is a goal that it is realistic to achieve, but if resources are scarce and inflation accelerates then tax can be used to stop it. These roles are not without a theoretical foundation, or justification. Any shortfall can ALWAYS be covered by the ability of a sovereign government to create new money, subject only to the limitation imposed by the real capacity of the economy, which is limited by the physical resources available to it.”. 5 To the best of our knowledge it has not been to date. In total, therefore, it is likely that 81 per cent of UK personal wealth is held in heavily tax incentivised assets. Is Stephanie Kelton’s Deficit Myth a good book to begin learning about MMT? MMTers subscribe to a theory of money known as ‘chartalism’. This, he notes  is technically correct – but it is a narrow, mechanical, and ultimately misleading definition of how the government “pays for” things. Nevertheless, efforts to conceptualise the role and function of tax in society, including the possibilities arising from this by drawing on macroeconomic rationales and framings remain rare. It is underpinned by a reality in which all money, excluding notes and coins, is created by bank lending, as has been acknowledged by the Bank of England (McLeay et al., Reference McLeay, Radia and Thomas2014). Sorry if it’s a stupid question. And that is precisely what they do: you have to pay your taxes in their money and nothing else. — March 30, 2020 . According  to Torsten Bell of the Resolution Foundation in an email sent out yesterday this proves that ‘Now while there are micro elements of this Modern Monetary Theory argument that are right, its big picture conclusion is what you might politely call garbage.’ That’s some claim to make by the person who was Ed Miliband’s chief of staff and who is still deeply influential in Labour, I suspect. This is the sense in which tax “pays for” spending: it makes economic resources available to the government that would not otherwise be available. Spending is instead “paid for” by the Bank of England electronically issuing new cash. Cancellation refers to the fact that just as bank loan repayment cancels the money created by commercial bank lending, so too does tax payment cancel the money created by both government spending and private credit creation. The fact that national insurance charges in the UK apply only to income from work, but not investment income, also make it a potential target for reform based on the application of similar MMT logics. The “new” world offers additional policy tools…. These are: 1) Reclaiming the money that the government has spent in the economy with the aim of controlling inflation; 2) Ratifying the value of money by creating demand for currency, through a requirement that tax is settled using the local currency of a country; 4) Repricing market failure, mainly to control externalities through Pigouvian taxes; 5) Reorganising the economy, through the fiscal policy mix; 6) Reinforcing democracy, by creating a public desire to influence how income tax is raised and spent, encouraging and motivating people to vote. “Modern Monetary Theory” (or MMT) is a new approach to monetary policy that advocates argue justifies massive government spending programs, including “Medicare for All” and the “Green New Deal.”But what is MMT, exactly?The core proposition of MMT is that a government that issues its own currency can always fund itself with that currency. Among the most relevant is that using taxes for macroeconomic stabilisation purposes is difficult in practice: taxes are hard to change at short notice (Krugman, Reference Krugman2019). It’s hard work with characters like Jo Michell and Torsten Bell getting them to understand MMT simply because they won’t do the necessary homework to properly understand it. So it is entirely appropriate to design them for social or environmental good rather than simply for their money-raising capacity. As a result my commentaries will now follow each of his arguments. These STEs often favour higher income groups by incentivising savings, private health care, and private education, constituting subtle, yet significant transformations in welfare states and social citizenship, in a new mode of governing social policy through fiscal welfare incentives (Morel et al., Reference Morel, Touzet and Zemmour2018: 550). He then claims that some say as long as the Bank of England is willing to issue pounds on behalf of the government, the government can spend without needing to tax. : "http://www. Of course those newly created pounds might be used. It is not the creation of money that produces inflation, it is what people do with that money that may/may not produce inflation. U.S. Conservative Bruce Bartlett (Bartlett, Reference Bartlett2019) suggests that MMT is a kind of Laffer Curve for the Left, permitting spurious magical thinking to justify increased public spending without considering inflationary consequences. Exchanging money does not destroy the original currency. As the data discussed earlier revealed, reliefs that treat investment, savings and inheritance income favourably in the UK have increased savings and accumulated assets, but have also exacerbated income and wealth inequality. The proceeds from reduced allowances could then be invested in social housing. Second, the requirement that tax be paid using this currency usually requires that the currency in question be used as a medium for exchange within the economy (Murphy, Reference Murphy2015a: 64Footnote 2). What he fails to note is that the reallocation of balance between bank accounts does not actually alter the overall sum of bank balances in existence. Its role is to  reduce demand to make space for that new government spend. Their approach instead promotes the maintenance of the neoliberal system of central bank, interest driven, control of the economy that treats unemployment as a residual in the process of economic management, and considers those so unemployed ‘the price worth paying’ for inflation control. Michell fails to understand that: he does not see that MMT empowers the arguments that everyone on the left should wish to partake in. But that’s the reason to do them, and book balancing is not. 12. And the question is too absurd to spend time on. Table 3 Breakdown of aggregate total wealth, by components Great Britain, July 2012 to June 2016. Literally nothing could be further than the truth about MMT. 13. This particular discussion (of an individual I had never heard of) is actually quite illuminating. Some criticisms of MMT positions have already been noted. We pay our taxes (with varying degrees of reluctance) because this is our individual commitment to and contribution to the general well being of us all. What is not made clear in the official data, such as that in Table 1, is that the stated figures are net of tax reliefs and allowances. MMT also points out that taxes are not the only way to control inflation. Corporation and capital gains taxes have a long-standing defensive rationale. One example, of the kind of mind-set shift these MMT derived observations facilitate is provided by corporation tax. Likewise, their effectiveness in performing the cancellation function of tax by reducing demand and sectoral inflationary pressures is similarly obscured by the minimal oversight of STEs (Sinfield, Reference Sinfield and Greve2012). Another central mistake in the MMT approach is its theory of the origin and value of money.8 To set the stage, here is Kelton explaining how Warren Mosler stumbled upon the worldview that would eventually be dubbed Modern Monetary Theory: For tax to play its cancellation role adequately, MMT scholars will need to theoretically elaborate a form of Modern Tax Theory (MTT) showing more fully how this function works, while developing policy tools and frameworks that can assess both the macroeconomic impact of tax policies and their social policy value, in terms consistent with MMT priorities (Murphy, Reference Murphy2019). Which brings me to the issue of democracy. 14. To counter the effect of inflation on savings? 4 From an MMT perspective QE could fund a Universal Basic Income (UBI) (Standing, Reference Standing2017), or full employment through a Job Guarantee (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 295). You would think the left would wish to embrace such an explanation, but apparently not. Michell then says But while most economies do operate with some slack – there are always unemployed people – this capacity is not limitless. This cancellation process means that tax acts to reduce spending capacity in an economy (money withdrawal), simultaneously restraining demand (Fullwiler et al., Reference Fullwiler, Grey and Tankus2019) and contributing to price stability (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 323). First, it fascinating to chat with a bunch of 22/25 year olds from around the world starting out in their new careers. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? And over that timescale a lot will depend on whether there has been any “real” expansion of the economy to take into account. Third, quite a lot believe in MMT although they never used that label – and nor did I (I still want to invited back!!) This is intended to provide reassurance to voters that day-to-day spending will be balanced and borrowing will only be used to fund investment (Ahmed, Reference Ahmed2016). Let be me be clear: to this point Jo Michell has not found anything to argue about with MMT. Workling out where the ‘dangling debit’ is can be difficult, It can also be the ‘cunning credit’ that refuses to disclose its location, of course. In the classic MMT formulation, a government with its own currency and central bank spends before it taxes, bringing the money through which taxes are paid into existence (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 124). Borrowing less so, because ultimately it delivers you into the hands of the lender. The major grade crises are such things as wars, weather disasters, agriculture failures, large scale pollution, pandemics, financial crashes and now climate change. I get how it would work in a national system but I don’t understand how it works in a global system. Raise democratic representation – people who pay tax vote; For security reasons, credit card donations require Javascript. However it is an ECONOMIC description based on an economic definition of currency and money. As I say, not sure about this but I don’t reject it out of hand. I am utterly sick of people on the Left who think that ‘caring’ is all that you need to do to differentiate yourself from the Right. For social policy researchers the challenge arising is to use these insights to re-engineer tax systems and redesign social tax expenditures (STEs) for creative social policy purposes. So what did Michell say? Are you aware that MMT economist Steven Hail used to teach banking and finance to City bankers whilst at the LSE 25 years ago? Sinfield, Adrian This didn’t stop other crises, however, there were still other non-war based ones particularly financial crises. I have to wonder if he has read it. May I suggest the title for a simple book: ‘The Plumbing of the Money System’. That’s certainly a concern of mine, on low income. The first is that there is some “slack” in the economic system: in other words, there are unemployed or underemployed people who can increase their activity to produce the goods and services. From the MMT perspective this activity has to precede government reclaiming (‘cancelling’) that money through taxation. He said he feels a bit guilty about that as he only learned about MMT afterwards. The proposals we highlight here are a mere pointer, but they are indicative of the kind of tax reform agenda that the application of an MMT lens and its mind-set shift can generate. This emerges through MMT’s account of the process of money creation, the spend-tax cycle that results and the ‘cancellation’ function performed by tax. Higher rates, looser fiscal policy might be a better balance to generate real economic activity and restrain speculation. Under an MMT framing, conducting more systematic evaluations of STEs becomes imperative. If I had the time I ‘d start a blog slagging off the Guardian and inviting progressive to boycott it. And so is Michell’s conclusion garbage by implying MMT is a programme to cut spending, when he says We must not allow misguided arguments about “tax not paying for spending” to erode the tax base, increase inequality and open the door for free marketeers to argue for the need to cut back on essential social programmes. Their clinical staff are more than willing to supply market needs… The real arguments should be about the best ways to remodel the economy ,that is not going to go back to normal , but requires more investment in health and care, in responding best to climate change, to the consequences of brexit, and so that the country can cope with ongoing risks of pandemics, the threat of mass unemployment as companies in unsustainable sectors perish , as new technology and communications makes decentering more feasible and safer, and when winners will be outnumbered by angry losers. These, he says, are those who argue that there is effectively no connection between taxation and the size of the public sector: government spending can be increased to any desired level, it is claimed, without needing to worry about raising tax revenues to “pay for” it. First, tax gives a currency its value (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 137). Amidst these often-heated exchanges, MMT’s potential to broaden understandings and reframe public debate on the role of tax, especially in an era when experimentation with forms of quantitative easing has been widespread, has been lost. Nevertheless, the Mirrlees Review viewed tax policy choices largely through a utilitarian revenue-raising lens. Freed from a fixation with the revenue raising efficiency of individual tax measures, the MMT position casts tax in a more overt and active countercyclical macroeconomic stabilisation role. I have been arguing within the Scottish Currency Group recently, through a number of OPs and comments, that the MMT narrative about taxation is incomplete and presents a serious weakness in the MMT proposition. Saving is a choice. In the “old” world the ONLY tool was interest rates. Well you have continuous cited you can’t do this with big global multinationals. You ask what sort of ‘ financial society ’ we want not comes! 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