Bill Gates said investment gains should be taxed at the same level as ordinary income — a bold call for one of the world's largest investors.
Speaking Monday on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Gates said that he's "pleased" that there is more discussion around changing the tax code. When asked what he would alter, Gates sided with his pal Warren Buffett and said he supports raising the earned income tax credit.
But Gates also said he would raise the tax rate for capital gains — the largest source of income for the richest Americans. The current top tax rate on capital gains is 20 percent (with the highest earners paying an additional 3.8 percent surtax). The top tax rate on ordinary income is 39.6 percent.
"There's always been the question of whether taxes on capital should be a lot lower than taxes on labor," Gates said. "I tend to think they should be pretty much the same, and that that's an opportunity to be a bit more progressive."