If I pay someone to clean my apartment, I have to pay "value-added-tax". Can someone kindly inform me, what value is added? If anything is a fund transfer, of which I've paid income taxes, and the person receiving it, will (normally) pay income taxes.
@lxo That wasn't the point.. many or most services doesn't add any "value" to society, thus shouldn't be taxed as such.
Same for foods. Shouldn't be any VAT on that (maybe unhealthy foods). You need food, it adds no value besides keeping you alive, (to pay more taxes). You do poop some out, but I pay sewage taxes, so that should cover it. And really, that sewage heat, is being used to heat water, which is sold to people as heating. So technically they should pay me back to take a dump. ;)
@lxo I'm happy to pay for foods that mother earth provided, and to pay the people who grew and nutured for it, or whomever sold it on. But the governemt should have no stake in that at all with "value added taxes".
what value is added?Value added = turnover minus intermediate expenditure
That wasn't the point.. many or most services doesn't add any "value" to society, thus shouldn't be taxed as such.Are you saying goods should be taxed but not services? Why?
> Are you saying goods should be taxed but not services? Why?
Yes. "Things" create a value, it adds value and there is a cost attached to "things". If you need to service that item, there is no value added. Whatever income for the service done, is taxed anyhow by the worker.
We didn't use to have VAT on services, now we do. VAT is also very high.
@andy I said not it was worthless..it had value from the point that people enjoy living in a clean house, and the person doing the job can feed their kids. My time is also worth something. if i cleaned it myself, should i pay tax for that? No, nothing was gained. the cleaning peron would pay taxes anyways (in most cases ;)
if i cleaned it myself, should i pay tax for thatNo, because no one made any money in this situation.
No, nothing was gained.
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