Great Moments in Foreign Taxation

International Liberty

It is easy to criticize the many types of bad tax policy in the United States.

But let’s not forget other nations have bad policy as well. I have written many times, for example, about the stunning greed of many European nations (including effective tax rates of more than 100 percent!).

Today, though, let’s look at a couple of examples from the developing world.

We’ll start in Afghanistan, where we learn that bad tax policy helped bring the Taliban back to power. Here’s some of what Ashley Jackson wrote for CapX.

When the Taliban dramatically gained control of Afghanistan in August 2021, they used bombs and guns to swiftly overcome state security forces. But they also had another valuable and effective weapon at their disposal: taxes. Long before the withdrawal of US troops…

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