United States President Joe Biden, a younger Joe Biden with former United States President Barrack Obama
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United States President Joe Biden to Propose New 20% Minimum Billionaire Tax in 2023, Tax on Household with $100 Million

1st April 2022 | Hong Kong

United States President Joe Biden is expected to propose a new 20% minimum billionaire tax for 2023 budget, with the new tax imposed on United States household with more than $100 million.  The tax plan is called the “Billionaire Minimum Income Tax” which will tax 20% of their annual income and unrealised gains in liquid assets (stocks, bonds, funds).  The proposal is to be submitted on 4th April 2022 as part of the United States 2023 Budget plan. 

” United States President Joe Biden to Propose New 20% Minimum Billionaire Tax in 2023, Tax on Household with $100 Million “

 


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United States Billionaires Tax Leak, Top 25 Pays 3.4% in Tax Rate from $401 Billion Fortune

United States President Joe Biden, a younger Joe Biden with former United States President Barrack Obama

In 2021, The richest United States billionaires personal tax filings was leaked, including billionaires Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, Carl Icahn and George Soros, with the top 25 richest billionaires paying an average tax rate of 3.34%. From 2014 to 2018, the top 25 richest billionaires in United States grew their wealth by $401 billion, but paid only $13.6 billion in federal taxes, an average tax rate of 3.34% compared to 14% for the median income tax rate.  (The tax leak did not disclose details on donations, that may have qualify for tax deductions)

In the United States, the leaked tax filings showed the 25 richest billionaires in United States paid an average tax rate of 3.34%, while the median (50th percentile) pays 14% in federal taxes for earnings at $70,000.  The highest income tax rate is 37% tax rate, for earnings above $523,600.

The United States authorities have launched an investigation into the tax leaks.  Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg, have also pledged to use all legal means to uncover the source of the leak.

 

Billionaires Tax Rate
Person Company Wealth Growth Income Reported Tax Paid Tax Rate
Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway $24.3 billion $125 million $23.7 million 0.10%
Jeff Bezos Amazon $99 billion $4.22 billion $973 million 0.98%
Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg $22.5 billion $10 billion $292 million 1.30%
Elon Musk Tesla $13.9 billion $1.52 billion $455 million 3.27%
Billionaires Paid Zero Tax:
  • 2007 – Jeff Bezos paid $0 federal income tax
  • 2011 – Jeff Bezos paid $0 federal income tax
  • 2018 – Elon Musk paid $0 federal income tax
  • Recent years – Michael Bloomberg paid $0 federal income tax
  • 2 times – Carl Icahn paid $0 federal income tax
  • 3 years in a row – George Soros paid $0 federal income tax
  • Jeff Bezos, 1.1% in taxes over 13 years
United States Tax Rates
  • The top 25 richest billionaire paid an average of 3.34% from 2014 to 2018
  • The median (50th percentile) earns $70,000 annually and pay 14% in federal taxes
  • The highest income tax rate is 37% earning above $523,600
  • In United States, there is a 20% capital gain tax.  At death, there is no capital gain tax.
  • Estate tax of 40%

 

Estate Tax

In the United States, there is a 40% estate tax.  In countries where there are high estate taxes, clients and wealth managers will structure assets to transfer assets to their heirs or beneficiaries without or reducing estate taxes.

In April 2021, the heirs and family of Samsung including current Vice-Chairman of Samsung Electronics Lee Jae-Yong will be paying inheritance tax of around $10.7 billion (12 trillion won) for inheriting around $22 billion estate from the late Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-Hee who died in October 2020.  South Korea has one of the world’s highest inheritance tax rates with tax rate at 50%, and more if the estate has a controlling interest in a company.




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