Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ — media and politicians should stop confusing the two



Taxpayers don’t own their taxes
Richard Murphy, one of the founders of the UK’s Tax Justice Network and author of The Joy of Tax, explains that “taxpayers’ money” is the money left in our pockets after we have paid taxes that are legally due. Money payable through taxes is the government’s property.

This is quite easy to prove — try not paying your income tax and see if the courts will enforce government property rights in that money.

Author(s): Jonathan Barrett

Publication Date: 14 January 2021

Publication Site: The Conversation