One of the greatest reservoirs against taxation in that context can be found in the professional middle classes. "relatedCommentaries": true, The account presented in the sequence above is a central tenet of MMT. In the UK, QE has had as its goal an increase in the price of the remaining bonds in the market, which was necessary to keep interest rates on those bonds low (Bank of England, 2019). From there its a short step to the right-wing (incorrect) framing of ‘sound’ money & ‘funny’ money and accusation of being ‘MMT loons’. “very few understand the plumbing of the money system”. Always.” The individual personal allowance, which provides an annual tax free sum to all who have income subject to income tax is the most expensive allowance, costing £107bn. might be useful, too) Tax is traditionally viewed as the main funding mechanism for government spending. 15. Applying a spillover assessment tool kit in a full UK assessment, revealed that both capital gains and corporation tax provisions encouraged the shifting of income out of the income tax base (Baker and Murphy, Reference Baker and Murphy2019b: 5). Their clinical staff are more than willing to supply market needs… We all want/need houses and at the moment will still need cars (although they are not good for us). I am bemused as to why he wants to maintain neoliberal control instead. var sc_https=1; But why are savings more important than the interests of those paying interest? The distributional effects of tax policy choices and instruments have certainly been investigated by social policy scholars (Sinfield, Reference Sinfield2000; Ferrarini and Nelson, Reference Ferrarini and Nelson2003; Avram, Reference Avram2018). This should not be hard for an economist to work out: that is, at least in part, why they are wealthy. MMT effectively contains more far reaching intellectual justification for evaluating so called STEs, but developing a form of MMT derived modern tax theory (MTT), would assist in this endeavour (Murphy, Reference Murphy2019). If that’s being left wing,  I am flabbergasted. Business are not failing because of high rates, they are failing from lack of demand. Investors may sell pounds in exchange for other currencies, reducing the international value of the pound. The low grade ones are simply gaining access to resources which means getting and maintaining an income. View all Google Scholar citations It’s called unemployment, which MMT thinks should be eliminated, which it proposes to do by way of what might be called a Keynesian style stimulus until such time as that goal is achieved. That £200bn in NS&I is counted as part of the government debt, and has targets set by the government. 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However, of this sum at least 35 per cent (and maybe more) is then forgone by government choice. Stephanie Kelton. And over that timescale a lot will depend on whether there has been any “real” expansion of the economy to take into account. He also states that monetary policy doesn’t work and reserve banks have known it for years! Instead MMT argues that investment can always be, and usually is, funded by bank created credit. But for the lack of understanding of the very basic issue of double entry book-keeping (a failing he has in common with many economists) he misses that quite essential point, which means MMT breaks economics from the shackles of neoliberal central bank, interest rate driven, inflation focussed control that does not only not work now (if it ever did without also destroying employment) but also destroys democratic accountability for economic management and passes it to the banking system. This is intended to provide reassurance to voters that day-to-day spending will be balanced and borrowing will only be used to fund investment (Ahmed, Reference Ahmed2016). (R Wray, Modern Money Theory, 2105; p.141-2). This cancellation process means that tax acts to reduce spending capacity in an economy (money withdrawal), simultaneously restraining demand (Fullwiler et al., Reference Fullwiler, Grey and Tankus2019) and contributing to price stability (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 323). This is the crux if the issue for me. I guess it may not be a 1:1 read across but, unless there are mysteries/secrets in the UK system, it shouldn’t be too difficult. You asked for justification for positive interest rates, so I suggested for countering the erosion of savings through retail price inflation. Hence the significant reductions in interest recently announced by NS&I were really being announced by the government. "crossMark": true, Third, according to MMT therefore, G need not equal T, because money can be created at will to settle government debt by the government issuing instruction to the central bank to make settlementFootnote 3. The fall in the balance of the person who spends simply  increases the balance in someone else’s account. Query parameters: { It is about getting as many people to subscribe to your point of view as possible, and seeking validation and self worth through this, often at the expense of other more important things in life. “Modern Monetary Theory” (or MMT) is a new approach to monetary policy that advocates argue justifies massive government spending programs, including “Medicare for All” and the “Green New Deal.”But what is MMT, exactly?The core proposition of MMT is that a government that issues its own currency can always fund itself with that currency. They will still have the means to consume even if you tax them more. On Mr Michell’s views, which I acknowledge I have not independently examined; but it seems he is following the standard neoliberal response to MMT; take all its clothes, claim them for neoliberalism, go on as before; and insist, in the phrase of the age: “nothing has changed”. While in Australia this separation is unlikely due to the legally mandated independence of the Reserve Bank, it has sparked an interesting debate … “money is a matter of trust” is surely the essence of the matter. Modern Monetary Theory (‘MMT’) presents a reversal of the tax-spend cycle, by identifying a spend-tax cycle. A public deficit has been the normal state of affairs for decades – but deficits cannot grow without limits. It is not the creation of money that produces inflation, it is what people do with that money that may/may not produce inflation. MMT scotches that untruth. What they actually promise is to accept the money that only they can create to settle the tax liabilities that only they can impose. Yes, I know it IS there in MMT and the literature on MMT – but to my eye it seems a mere footnote. Allowances are given for a great variety of reasons (Hills, Reference Hills2015; Xu and Joyce, Reference Xu and Joyce2019). I have to wonder if he has read it. Under an MMT framing, conducting more systematic evaluations of STEs becomes imperative. This emerges through MMT’s account of the process of money creation, the spend-tax cycle that results and the ‘cancellation’ function performed by tax. Money Mistake #2: Taxes Don’t Prop Up Currencies. Needless to say, traditional economists have some issues with all this. This spread the cost of wars over a longer time base and it’s believed allowed the British to build up a much more formidable military machine than their enemies. Should we not distinguish between public spending which increases demand and supply in the real economy, from that which merely pumps up asset prices? It would not occur to many that it is their buying choices that are creating their debts. Then the government should boost its purchases and cut its taxes. There are thought to be more than 1,000 of these allowances (National Audit Office, 2014), the cost of which are estimated to be at least £425bn in 2018/19 (HMRC, 2019a). Nor do these objections detract from the fact that some STEs can have destabilising macroeconomic effects. Michell fails to understand that: he does not see that MMT empowers the arguments that everyone on the left should wish to partake in. It helps, given we mostly all now live in monetary based societies, to deal with these crises to see money as flows that are required as either influxes or refluxes in lesser or greater amounts. We usually call such a scenario “a failed state”. While corporation tax can be an important revenue raising device, especially in developing countries, the reasons for its original introduction go far beyond revenue raising capacity. Michell needs to go for a walk in the woods in my opinion. A first step in developing an alternative conception of the functions and roles of tax within this context requires a sense of why tax as process involves more than simple utilitarian calculations about how to most effectively raise revenue to fund government expenditure. Any shortfall can ALWAYS be covered by the ability of a sovereign government to create new money, subject only to the limitation imposed by the real capacity of the economy, which is limited by the physical resources available to it.”. They were talking about Modern Monetary Theory, or MMT. In the UK, the work of Jonathan Portes (Portes, Reference Portes2019) and Simon Wren-Lewis (Wren-Lewis, Reference Wren-Lewis2018) has shaped the Labour Party’s Fiscal Credibility Rule (Labour Party, 2017). This distribution means that the bottom 10 per cent of households have total wealth of £13,900 or less; median total household wealth is £262,400; the top 10 per cent of households have total wealth of at least £1,224,900 and the top 1 per cent of households have total wealth of £3,243,400 or more (ONS, 2018). The wealthy were especially incensed at losing the value of their accumulations and essentially through the establishment of the Bank of England lent money to the government by attaching government tax revenue streams (refluxes) for repayment of their loans. Given how fundamental tax is to MMT it cannot be said it ignores it. What is more, if he understood these things he would appreciate something much more powerful, and that is that there is only one thing that does change the amount of cash actually in issue, which as he notes is all ultimately government created, and that something  is tax. Well you have continuous cited you can’t do this with big global multinationals. Or, to put it another way, what should the Bank of England mandate be? Second, the requirement that tax be paid using this currency usually requires that the currency in question be used as a medium for exchange within the economy (Murphy, Reference Murphy2015a: 64Footnote 2). Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) has been thrust into the spotlight as a thought-provoking substitute that challenges many of the traditional principles of economics and blurs the lines of separation between the central bank and the government. Quite a revelation from a former governor. Bit harsh on Jo Michell I thought. This, he notes  is technically correct – but it is a narrow, mechanical, and ultimately misleading definition of how the government “pays for” things. I haven’t read , or understood enough about MMT. These roles are not without a theoretical foundation, or justification. Taxing less than spend at that point would create inflation. I accept there is a problem here; how to distinguish saving from rentierism. His implication of ‘opposition’ is that MMT would oppose such things. I feel old and too set in my ways. Participants on both sides of the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) debate acknowledge that there’s no “free lunch” when a country’s central bank buys government debt directly and charges no interest on the debt. If I summarise his argument they are as follows (italics being used to highlight quotations): 1. Both authors have defended their positions and rejected MMT criticisms of their approach, by citing the need for independent authorities and rules that tie a government’s hands, as a means of providing reassurance to voters that government debt will not be excessive. In this section we examine how an MMT perspective can help to illuminate distortions within the UK tax system and point a pathway to reform. Harnessing the insights of MMT to new governance tools, such as tax spillover assessments, can therefore help to show how tax can be used and designed to perform important creative social policy functions, and at the same time be made more effective in macroeconomic terms. However, this immediately prompts the question “In that case why do I have to pay any taxes?” The standard MMT answer is that taxation is required to manage inflation risk by removing money from circulation in the economy. Likewise, the ‘regulatory rationale’ for corporate tax proposed by legal scholars sees corporation tax as a mechanism for increasing the accountability and regulating the activities of corporate managers (Avi-Yonah, Reference Avi-Yonah2004). At which point Michell comes to what I presume he thinks to be his killer argument. His only error to this point is with regard to his understanding of how bank payments work, which he thinks beyond the reach of MMT. In this sense, the reservations they raise should not preclude efforts to consider more thoroughly the implications of MMT insights for tax. The promotion and maintenance of trust, therefore, depends critically upon the Constitution, which must be designed to uphold fundamental individual and collective rights. (Sung to the well know Dire Straits ‘Money for nothing’. I don’t know about you but I want Viner gone. One of the reasons I suppose they are so hostile to tax is that so many are up to their ears in debt- property debt mostly as well as car debt (those nice Audi’s and Range Rovers are very expensive after all). MMT is empowering the left to do what is right. Tax, however, does not pay for that additional spend. Modern monetary theory (MMT) has played an important role in advancing understanding of the economic function of taxation, including by showing how it acts to “cancel” government spending as part of a spend-tax cycle. A government accepting its own currency in the settlement of tax creates demand for the currency it issues and gives meaning to the promise to pay printed on bank notes as the foundation of modern money. Other tax reliefs for savings, such as those on Individual Savings Accounts, cost £4.6bn in income tax foregone, and more when capital gains tax is allowed for. An ability to see the whole picture is not only valuable in economics but also in looking at the NHS. I think he will struggle to find anyone in MMT who would disagree. More home insulation may require fewer new kitchens to be installed, for example. Managing Fiscal Risks: Government Response to the 2017 Fiscal Risks Report. Modern Monetary Theory, Part 4: MMT and quantitative easing — May 28, 2020 . To put it another way, his very obvious lack of understanding becomes clear. What it means by ‘balancing the books’ thus depends entirely on how close neoliberalism is to being ‘found out’ by the public. We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. MMT is a description of what actually happens in the monetary system with a fiat currency. A full explanation of that requires acknowledgement that M can be created in the form of quantitative easing (QE). This highlights the significance of tax spends (Kay, Reference Kay1986), or STEs, and also makes clear that the costs of redistributing income and wealth, repricing market failure and reorganising the economy (Murphy, Reference Murphy2015a) are already implicit within the tax system but are almost never identified as such because the data in Table 2 is never made available by the UK government as a basis for policy discussions (McDaniel and Surrey, Reference McDaniel and Surrey1985; Corlett, Reference Corlett2015). Great article. Modern Monetary Theory, Part 3: MMT and inflation — April 14, 2020 A basic premise of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is that a country that enjoys sovereign control over its money supply is effectively unconstrained by capital markets in the amount of borrowing the government can do to finance public sector deficits. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? 2 Dollarisation in some developing countries is a rather different case. Now. Yes, young/poor people spend it and rich people hoard it….. but why and what changes peoples propensity to spend/save? Such rationales were cited in the legislative debates surrounding the introduction of corporation tax bills in both the United Kingdom and the United States (Bank, Reference Bank2001; Baker and Murphy, Reference Baker and Murphy2019a: 182). In this article, we have sought to show that an MMT framing strengthens arguments for tax reform that would simultaneously be more effective in maintaining the non-inflationary macroeconomic integrity of the spend-tax cycle, while achieving social policy objectives of employment creation, encouraging a green energy transition, and reducing inequality. A tax spillover is the impact one aspect of tax policy has on the available tax base within the same state, or other states (IFS, 2011; Nanda and Parkes, Reference Nanda and Parkes2019). The role taxes play in a country that can produce its own sovereign currency MMT scholars have long acknowledged that MMT aligns with the findings of historians and anthropologists (e.g. Full text views reflects PDF downloads, PDFs sent to Google Drive, Dropbox and Kindle and HTML full text views. This is not an argument against MMT. Modern Monetary Theory and the Changing Role of Tax... MMT, tax allowances and reliefs and the implications for UK tax policy, Conclusions: tax reforms suggested by modern monetary theory and spillover analysis, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield, E-mail:, Department of International Politics, City, University of London and Tax Research UK, E-mail:,, Reference Jácome, Matamoros-Indorf, Sharma and Townsend, Reference Wray, Dantas, Fullwiler, Tcherneva and Kelton, Who benefits from the ‘hidden welfare state’? It fulfils a social purpose distinct from revenue raising. and But what MMT does, by assuming that full employment is the objective, and by making clear that it can be achieved without inflation arising (which Michell has tacitly agreed, whether he appreciates it or not) is to suggest that debate on these resource allocation decisions is necessary because MMT makes clear that the state can demand that the necessary relocations of resources can take place. So it really is nonsense for Bell and Michell to claim that MMT is garbage when all it’s doing is clarifying that monetary based societies need both types of flows – influx and reflux to handle what life and planet throws at these type of societies and the best means of going about utilising these flows! He claims that banks would not survive in the unfunded model i.e. In the UK this has led to the government effectively owning (via the Bank of England) £435 billion of its own debt, which withdraws it from effective circulation as a result and cancels all interest costs upon it. 'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var sc_project=1690627; Challenges for social policy in the UK, The age of austerity: contesting the ethical basis and financial sustainability of welfare reform in Europe, Taxation of social insurance and redistribution: a comparative analysis of ten welfare states, A National Plan for the UK: From Austerity to the Age of the Green New Deal, The Divided Welfare State: The Battle Over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States, In Stark Relief: How Inheritance Tax Breaks Favour the Well Off, Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth Of Them And Us, Estimated Cost of Principal Tax Reliefs (January 2019), Individual Savings Accounts (ISA) Statistics. Thank you very much for this forensic demolition of Michell, Bell, and the wrong-headed Left, and appreciate the comments. Without getting too philosophical, there’s something fundamental in knowing there’s a need to figure out where the other entry goes in any transaction. The implication of these allowances is that the data in Table 1 is misstated. Cowards too. var sc_invisible=0; Neoliberalism isn’t capitalism. Modern Monetary Theory says (1) that that is all there is to worry about, and (2) that fiscal policy should play the principal role in this balancing process. Thirdly, no other part of the tax system is currently compensating for the resulting inequalities that these subsidies create. If only he had the same understanding he would, secondly, also appreciate that if someone sells pounds to buy foreign currency someone else now owns the pounds they sold. That is, of course, the purpose for their creation. "lang": "en" Critics have argued that MMT overestimates the tax rates that the public are willing to tolerate (Palley, Reference Palley2015). I am saying tax them for the right reason, which is that they are wealthy and that has harmful consequences for society, but don’t then think this will have much impact on consumer demand, because it will not. We pay our taxes (with varying degrees of reluctance) because this is our individual commitment to and contribution to the general well being of us all. Modern Monetary Theory or Modern Money Theory (MMT) is a heterodox macroeconomic theory that describes currency as a public monopoly and unemployment as evidence that a currency monopolist is overly restricting the supply of the financial assets needed to pay taxes and satisfy savings desires. I get how it would work in a national system but I don’t understand how it works in a global system. For tax to play its cancellation role adequately, MMT scholars will need to theoretically elaborate a form of Modern Tax Theory (MTT) showing more fully how this function works, while developing policy tools and frameworks that can assess both the macroeconomic impact of tax policies and their social policy value, in terms consistent with MMT priorities (Murphy, Reference Murphy2019). This latter lens derives from Libertarian/Neoliberal thinking where money is not regarded as an instrument of social obligation simply because from this mental perspective nothing in life is really seen as connected to anything else. You would think the left would wish to embrace such an explanation, but apparently not. Nor do I suspect anyone who really understands MMT would. In the existing MMT literature, however, accounts of the potential social policy role of tax remain thin, focusing almost entirely on the so-called ‘jobs guarantee,’ with full employment the primary MMT policy objective (Wray et al., Reference Wray, Dantas, Fullwiler, Tcherneva and Kelton2018). Spending priorities can also be changed of course, and can be done rapidly if need be. It presented taxes and government spending as separate issues, rather than as a single system for government intervention in an economy (Kay, Reference Kay1986). Raise revenue, either to fund government spending or, alternatively, to reclaim the money that the government has already spent into the economy; Ratify the value of the currency of the jurisdiction; Reorganise the economy through what is called fiscal policy. Taking more than spend then would create unemployment by reducing demand. 1 This relates to the practical mechanics of how government spending actually occurs. you get no more foreign currency, MMT suggests money creation for a purpose on useful public spending, No one with sense says make money for its own sake. As the Mirrlees Review (IFS, 2011: 2) noted, reiterating an observation made by Schumpeter over a hundred years ago (Reference Schumpeter and SwedbergSchumpeter, 1991 [1918]), tax systems have to suit the societies that create them. Please enable Javascript in your browser before continuing. This particular discussion (of an individual I had never heard of) is actually quite illuminating. "metrics": true, The MMT framing, when applied in this wayFootnote 5, does create a rationale for reform of the UK tax system in a fashion that places social policy considerations centre stage, but also strengthens the intellectual case for more systematic evaluations of STEs, using an MMT framing. As soon as they start shouting MMT is garbage you know that’s the case. First, tax gives a currency its value (Mitchell et al., Reference Mitchell, Wray and Watts2019: 137). It’s a shame that Michell wholly misses the point that MMT restores economic power to the left. Currency campaigners ignore the importance of the Constitutional debate at their peril. Actually, it depends what you mean by ‘balancing the books’. And he hates modern monetary theory. However, there IS an argument that we need higher rates – although I am not sure I agree with it. They’re not going anywhere fast and I’m tired of waiting. It’s a telling omission on his part, indicating he has little understanding of central banking, which MMT requires. 8. The distributional impact of austerity and the recession in Southern Europe, Rich People’s Movements: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent, The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective, International Aspects of Tax Expenditures: A Comparative Study, Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Spring. Government spending on the basis of available central bank credit, is, as with all money creation, a process that does not require the existence of prior deposits in a bank (McLeay et al., Reference McLeay, Radia and Thomas2014) or, in the case of a government, revenue raised in advance by taxation. Given that no government wants to tax (a claim I presume he would agree with) then when a tax is imposed it has to be chosen for a reason. Dalio's article, however, put a radical twist on the traditional zero-lower-bound calls for more government spending by endorsing a novel, heterodox economic theory known as "modern monetary theory," or MMT. The surreal aspect is that if you do not fine NHS trusts for not treating patients you supply the Trusts with an incentive to not treat patients (because they are being paid anyway). And that is precisely what they do: you have to pay your taxes in their money and nothing else. As he then  notes To the extent that these conditions hold, there is indeed a ‘free lunch’ for the government, due to its ability to print new pounds. Beyond this limit, the government must either borrow, or tax. At the same time, we illuminate how systematic evaluations of STEs are necessary, if MMT is to translate its macroeconomic insights into a meaningful practical tax policy agenda. Second, but most importantly, the role of taxation. I don’t see a major problem with Michell pointing that out. 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