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Jonathan Burt

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The idea of a wealth tax doesn’t impress Jonathan Burt. There is, he tells Spear’s, ‘an obvious answer to that particular conundrum’. ‘There’s no reason why – if you feel that you’re not paying enough tax – you shouldn’t be writing out a cheque to the IRS voluntarily.’ However, he admits: ‘I suppose it’s something one could foretell, for the simple reason that taxing income, gains and the profits of economic activity seems to be insufficient to make up the numbers.’ Burt, who joined Harbottle & Lewis as a partner in May 2018, has relished the opportunity to broaden his focus. On the subject of prospects in post-Brexit Britain, he is unambiguously bullish: ‘It’s exciting.’