What could a global tax on wealth over $5 million pay for?

Around the globe, there are 3.6 million individuals who every have greater than $5 million in wealth. Greater than 2,600 of these individuals are billionaires, with a complete mixed wealth of $13.76 trillion. If there have been an annual wealth tax on these people, a new report says, it could elevate $2.52 trillion a 12 months—sufficient to carry 2.3 billion folks out of poverty, make sufficient COVID-19 vaccines for the whole world, and ship common healthcare and social safety for everybody in low- and decrease middle-income nations (3.6 billion folks).

That determine comes from a new global wealth analysis utilizing information from a consortium that features the Battle Inequality Alliance, Institute for Coverage Research, Oxfam, and Patriotic Millionaires. The wealth tax they suggest can be a graduated price construction, the report says, with a 2% tax on wealth of $5 million and above, 3% on $50 million and above, and 5% on $1 billion and above.

A extra steeply progressive wealth-tax construction—2%, 5%, and 10%, respectively—would elevate $3.62 trillion a 12 months, per the report. Within the U.S. alone, there are 1.4 million people with a web value of $5 million or extra, for a mixed complete of $28 trillion. The price of vaccinating the whole world in opposition to COVID-19 has been projected at $27.8 billion; offering common healthcare and social protections to low- and decrease middle-income nations could price one other $440.8 billion.


These total numbers are simply an estimate, the report warns, as precise wealth-taxation ranges can be particular to every nation. Nonetheless, it’s an instance of how a wealth tax—an initiative supported by politicians together with senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and more and more by members of the general public (71% of American voters saying they assist a tax on excessive wealth)—could elevate the cash to fund social protections and scale back poverty worldwide.

It might additionally scale back the whole variety of multimillionaires and billionaires, the numbers of which have grown exponentially throughout the pandemic, as wealth inequality has surged. Regardless of accounting for simply 0.002% of the inhabitants, those that have $50 million and above presently maintain 6.33% of all global wealth. Within the U.S., billionaires personal half a billion extra in wealth than the whole backside 60% of U.S. society.

This report, which makes use of information from Forbes and Wealth X, builds on one other Oxfam report from earlier this week that discovered that the world’s 10 wealthiest males (together with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Invoice Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Warren Buffet) have greater than doubled their fortunes because the pandemic started.