The British government aims to get tough with bankers making big bonuses at bailed-out banks:
Alistair Darling will try to force a “permanent culture shift” in the City as he announces a one-off punitive super-tax of more than 50% on the bonuses of tens of thousands of bankers as the centrepiece of the pre-budget report.
….The tax will be set higher than the 50% income tax rate coming in from April for those earning more than £150,000 a year [about $250,000 –ed], sources indicate.1
….But City accountants said there was a strong likelihood of a legal challenge against a punitive tax aimed at one sector of the workforce. Bill Dodwell, head of taxation at accountants Deloitte said: “We have had calls from bankers asking about what action they might take under the Human Rights Act. There’s never been a precedent.”
Hey, this means that conservatives might finally find something they like about the EU Convention on Human Rights! Assuming, of course, that they can convince a judge that making bankers pay high taxes on high incomes is a violation of human rights. Seems a stretch to me, but I know zilch about EU law or the British implementation of it. Anyone who knows more should feel free to chime in.
1Just so you know, Darling announced a few months ago that the basic tax rate for income above £150,000 would rise from 40% to 50% starting next April. The new super tax would be above and beyond that.