Tax And Inflation
Inflation erodes the value of money and the people who hold currency suffer in this process. As the governments have the authority of printing currency and circulating it into the economy (as they do in the case of deficit financing), this act functions as an income to the governments. This is a situation of sustaining government expenditure at the cost of people’s income. This looks as if inflation is working as a tax.23 That is how the term inflation tax is also known as seigniorage. It means inflation is always the level to which the government may go for deficit financing—the level of deficit financing is directly reflected by the rate of inflation.
It could also be used by the governments in the form of prices and incomes policy under which the companies pay inflation tax on the salary increases above the set level prescribed by the government.
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