Render to Caesar? Bob Key on the Ethics of Tax in Jersey
The Dean of Jersey leads a discussion tax and fairness
Taxation and local fiscal policy is a consistently hot topic in Jersey. The subject of who we tax and how is once again at the top of local media and political agendas in light of projected revenue shortfalls and recent changes to the benefit and social support system - perceived by many to be punitive to poorer and weaker members of society.
At CHOW and at other recent Business Connect discussions, the subject of tax has been raised consistently as we wrestle with questions about the responsibilities of the state in a market economy. Geoff Cook, Chief Executive of Jersey Finance recently commented at a Business Connect event on how “progressive taxation” could be an important factor in fairly distributing the benefits of a free economy.
The Very Reverend Robert Key, Dean of Jersey is the Head of the Church of England in Jersey and an ex-officio States Member. He is also the Chair of the Business Connect Trust. Bob (as he is more commonly know) is often asked to speak or comment in States debates that are perceived to contain a moral or ethical dimension.
Some years ago, Bob was asked by States Members to prepare a paper on the ethics of taxation. Political focus shifted and the subject was never fully debated. However, in light of recent events, the subject of Bob’s paper seems to be more pertinent that ever.
At this CHOW session Bob Key will present some of the highlights of his paper, attempting to wrestle with questions such as “Is taxation the redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich?” “What gives a government the right to tax?” “User pays…..really?” and “Finance Ministers: Robin Hood or Dick Turpin”.