Folks On Twitter Vote In Favor Of Elon Musk Selling Billions In Telsa Stock, Space X Founder Slams ‘Unrealized Gains Tax’ Senator

Over the weekend, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk polled his followers on social media platform Twitter, asking them whether or not he should sell off 10 percent of his stock holdings in the electric car company.

The final results of the poll had 57.9 percent being in favor of the move, while 42.1 percent in opposition. A total of 3.5 million votes were cast in the poll.

“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock,” Musk said in his tweet. “Do you support this?”

“I will abide by the results of this poll, whichever way it goes,” Musk went on to add. “Note, I do not take a cash salary or bonus from anywhere. I only have stock, thus the only way for me to pay taxes personally is to sell stock.”

via Daily Wire:

Tesla’s share price fell by 5% in early morning trading following the news. CNBC also reported that Musk may be facing a tax bill of more than $15 billion in the coming months in relation to stock options, and that “the looming tax bill makes a sale of Tesla stock this year likely regardless of the outcome of the Twitter vote.”

In October, Musk openly criticized the tax proposals being pushed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), saying, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.”

“Democrats are poised to consider a plan that would upend tax rules for the wealthiest Americans, as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden makes a late bid for a new capital-gains tax in President Biden’s social-spending and climate-change legislation,” The Wall Street Journal stated in their report released at that time. “Mr. Wyden’s detailed proposal — annual income taxes on about 700 billionaires’ unsold publicly traded assets such as stocks — arrives as Democrats are struggling to find up to $2 trillion over a decade to cover the cost of their agenda. They have plenty of ideas that would exceed that figure, but precious few that can muster the support of enough Democrats to get through the narrowly divided Congress.”

“Mr. Wyden’s 107-page plan would eliminate billionaires’ ability to defer capital-gains taxes indefinitely, and it would impose multibillion-dollar tax bills on people such as Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk, who has criticized the plan. It is expected to raise hundreds of billions of dollars over a decade, though the actual amount would depend on stock prices and on whether courts rule the tax unconstitutional,” the outlet continued. “The money would come from the wealthiest taxpayers, many of whom currently can keep their reported income and tax bills low. Under today’s tax system, they don’t have to pay capital-gains taxes unless they sell their assets, and they can borrow against that wealth to finance their lifestyles.”

Wyden then posted up a response to Musk’s tweet on Saturday, saying, “Whether or not the world’s wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn’t depend on the results of a Twitter poll. It’s time for the Billionaires Income Tax.”

Musk then appeared to mock the senator by tweeting out, “Why does ur pp like u just came?”

Elon Musk is truly a character, isn’t he, folks?


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