Elizabeth Warren targets Jeff Bezos in wealth tax push

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Elizabeth Warren targets Jeff Bezos in wealth tax push

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday reignited her push for a tax on the wealth of the wealthiest Americans and called out billionaire Amazon creator and space-tourism tycoon Jeff Bezos for what she deems his failure to pay his reasonable share.

Jeff Bezos discusses his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard into area throughout an interview on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas.

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“I want to see us tax wealth, however your wealth is tied up. It shouldn’t make a difference whether you have real estate, or whether you have cash or whether you have a bazillion shares of Amazon. Yes, Jeff Bezos, I’m looking at you,” the Massachusetts Democrat stated on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“Whatever form you have your assets — diamonds, yachts, paintings — I think there ought to be a tax on that annually,” she included.

Bezos is the most affluent individual on Earth with a net worth of $207.7 billion, according to Forbes.

Amazon didn’t right away react to a CNBC ask for talk about behalf of Bezos.

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A wealth tax, among the most fiercely disputed tax propositions, has actually grown in appeal with populist and progressive political leaders as a way to fight financial inequality.

During her 2020 governmental project, Warren proposed a 2% yearly “ultra-millionaire tax” on net worth over $50 million and 6% on fortunes of more than $1 billion. The profits created from such a tax — $2.7 trillion over a years, according to the Wharton School — would have been released to enhance healthcare, childcare, real estate and education programs.

Warren discussed Bezos several times throughout her interview, arguing that he and others have actually unjustly prevented paying into the U.S. tax system thanks to low yearly book earnings and loaning versus his most important property — his Amazon stock holdings.

“Jeff Bezos has not paid taxes on the wealth that he has,” she stated. He deserves “a bazillion dollars. He has not paid taxes on all of that wealth. … In fact, Jeff Bezos, many years, has either paid nothing in taxes or has paid 1%.”

Her barbs at Bezos came simply over a week after the e-commerce magnate soared to the edge of area with his space-tourism business, Blue Origin.

“For every Amazon customer out there and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated,” Bezos stated after his flight.

The tourist market is a sliver of an approximated $420 billion area economy. 

The launch significant Blue Origin’s entryway into the marketplace of personal spaceflight, signing up with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic — its direct rival in the sector of suborbital tourist — and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

In the interview, Warren likewise stated she’s hesitant that bitcoin will show to be a trustworthy hedge versus inflation over the long term, an essential factor some financiers select to own it.

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