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CGT, VAT, SDRT... now FTT (financial transaction tax)?

Tax seems to spawn acronyms and we may, at least in a mainland European (if not the UK) context, soon have to get used to a new one: FTT, or financial transaction tax.

Following the onset of the global financial crisis, the European Commission proposed the introduction of FTT to:

  • Ensure that financial institutions make a substantial contribution to bolster public finances after the crisis; and
  • Create appropriate disincentives for transactions that do not enhance the efficiency of financial markets…

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