Bank wholesale guarantee could be ending – time for a new bank tax?

The New Zealand government is sending signals that its wholesale funding guarantee for banks could be winding down, following a decision to end the similar scheme in Australia.

Finsec Campaigns Director Tali Williams said that any end to the wholesale funding guarantee should be accompanied by a tax like that being discussed in Europe and America in order to ensure that banks are paying their fair share of taxes – given the huge influence and risks they pose to our global and national economies.

“A tax like Obama and other world leaders are proposing would give greater security to our economies.  It would also provide much needed income to address both the impacts of the global financial crisis and pressing needs of many countries to do more to assist their citizens and taxpayers – not less.”

A campaign for a global tax on banks’ financial transactions, dubbed a “Robin Hood” tax, was launched last week by 50 organisations including Oxfam, aid agencies, unions, environmental groups and economists. Actor Bill Nighy fronts a promotional film for the tax – you can check it out at the link below:
http://robinhoodtax.org.uk/

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