Putting the UK on the right path

With an employment rights report, commissioned by the Prime Minister from a leading venture capitalist, a second publication has appeared with the aim of making life easier for businesses.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) and the Institute of Directors (IoD) have put forward a comprehensive plan for growth which they describe as the culmination of 18 months’ evidence gathering by the 2020 Tax Commission and the start of a major new campaign.

A joint project by the TPA and IoD, the Commission in its final report calls for "radical but realistic reform" of the UK tax system including the abolition of eight taxes and the creation of just one — a Single Income Tax.

According to a full analysis of the proposals by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), a leading economics consultancy, the changes would increase GDP by 8.4% over 15 years — equivalent to an additional £5000 per family in 2012-13.

Among other recommendations, the report suggests that marginal tax rates should not exceed 30%, and the personal allowance should rise to £10,000. Taxes on capital and labour income "disguised as business taxes" should be abolished and replaced with a tax on distributed income.

Furthermore, transaction, wealth and inheritance taxes should be abolished while transport taxes should be cut.

Income Tax and Employees’ and Employers’ National Insurance should be merged into a single tax on labour income, with rates levelled down so that certain groups do not face higher bills.

Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax should be replaced with a single tax on capital income — dividends, interest and rent — at a rate of 30%.

Allister Heath, Chairman of the 2020 Tax Commission, concluded: "It is time for Britain to make a vital choice between tweaking the status quo and letting our economy continue to be crippled by complex and punitive taxes, and drastically changing course with a radical but realistic plan for a tax system fit for the 21st century."

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