Pareto efficient is not a good way to measure net social benefits. You have to look at social costs. If the poor man must pay $100 to stay healthy in order to work and feed his family, while losing $100 does not change the rich man's life, then net social benefits have been increased by transferring $100 from the rich man to the poor man.
There are some economists that say tax cuts, which maximize private benefits, are socially beneficial. They say wages will increase, but labor still has not seen their wages rise.