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Section 8.6. The Government is required to raise a significant proportion of its public revenues, in the form of ground rent or an equivalent form of land taxation, from Scotland’s greatest natural resources, namely its land, its air space and the seas under Scottish jurisdiction.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:48:42

    Section 8.6. Section 8.6. The Government is required to raise a significant proportion of its public revenues, in the form of ground rent or an equivalent form of land taxation, from Scotland’s greatest natural resources, namely its land, its air space and the seas under Scottish jurisdiction.

      • Jim Osborne

        Section 8.6. it is not appropriate in a Constitution to prescribe how a government should design a taxation system - that is a matter for Parliament to decide on the basis of proposals brought forward by an elected government and any taxation proposals would form part of the election manifesto of political parties competing for seats in Parliament. Land taxation is relevant to the wider agenda of land reform and again that is a matter to be decided by a Parliament operating under the provisions of the governing Constitution of the country.

          • Arfem

            Section 8.6. You have great faith that Scotland’s politicians are immune to the lobbyists of the landowners and Landlords. If you are correct we have little to worry about, but just in case why not put it into the Constitution? There is no rule book of what should or should not be included in their Constitution - surely that's for the people to decide.....

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      • Tim Rideout

        Section 8.6. I agree with Jim Osborne - this section should be deleted entirely as specifying what tax should be collected has no place in the constitution. While a Land Tax probably should be one of many taxes, there is a big problem with using it as a large part of the system. A Land Tax is easily avoided by simply minimising your ownership or occupation of land. Imagine Bill Gates in a small flat - his tax bill would fall to almost nothing. It could easily be highly regressive unless the tax rate was much higher on larger land holdings.

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