One of the hottest topics at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland has been Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70% marginal tax rate on all income above $10 million. There have been many headlines out of Davos with business leaders calling the proposed tax disastrous, scary, and saying it will have a huge impact on the economy. We sat down with three financial heavyweights to find out what they think everyone is missing about this discussion. The general consensus was that while such a hefty tax would hurt the economy, it simply doesn’t effect enough people to be a major issue.
Moelis & Co. founder and CEO Ken Moelis says there isn’t a problem with a high tax on income above $10 million dollars because there isn’t that much income to tax above that level. Marginal tax rates need to start around $250,000 in order to have an impact. And a 70% tax rate at that level “would crush the economy.”
Guggenheim Partners global CIO Scott Minerd agrees that the amount brought in by a 70% tax above the $10 million income level won’t make enough of a difference even if you assume people will pay it. But Minerd says historically when we have had high marginal tax rates wealthy people have sheltered their income.
Bob Prince, the co-CIO of Bridgewater — the largest hedge fund in the world — says this tax won’t be good because it won’t solve many problems.
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Wall Street Weighs In On AOC’s Proposed 70% Marginal Tax Hike | Davos 2019