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Elon Musk proposes selling 10% of his Tesla stock in a Twitter poll


Tesla ($1.2 trillion) is now worth more than the entire market value of the S&P 500’s energy sector ($1.1 trillion).


Billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday asked his Twitter followers to decide whether he should sell 10% of his Tesla stock, promising to "abide by the results of this poll, whichever way it goes."

"Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock," the electric car maker's CEO said. He did not directly specify where that 10% would go.

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This isn't the first time Musk has taken aim at proposals in Washington that would tax billionaires' net worth gains. Under current US tax law, assets like stocks are taxed only when they're sold — what's called a capital gain. But the richest of the rich in America probably aren't selling off their massive stock portfolios; instead, their main form of income is the value that those assets accrue, or unrealized gains.

Musk last month slammed a Democratic proposal to institute a billionaires' tax, floated to help fund a social spending and safety net expansion bill, saying it represented the start of a new campaign from the left to redistribute wealth from the richest Americans.

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