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  • Title: The Single Income Tax | The 2020 Tax Commission
    Descriptive info: .. About.. Commissioners.. Contact.. Get the report.. Taxes in Britain are too high and increasingly complicated.. Learn more.. Taxes should be cut to 33 per cent of national income.. Cut the real Basic Rate from 40% to 30% and increase the Personal Allowance to £10,000.. Taxes on capital and labour income disguised as business taxes should be abolished.. Transaction, wealth and inheritance taxes should be abolished.. Consumption taxes stay, but transport taxes should be cut.. Local authorities should raise half their spending from local taxes.. The Government must reform taxes to make them lower, simpler and more transparent.. It is time for Britain to make a vital choice.. Our economy is stagnant, crippled by excessive public spending, a mismanaged and inefficient public sector, an extraordinarily complex and punitive tax system and a public mood that has become increasingly anti-capitalist.. There are two options.. We can either decide to tweak the status quo – try and keep a lid on public spending, reform bits of the public sector and hope for the best.. Or we can drastically change course: adopt an entirely new tax system fit for the 21st Century and establish the UK as a global trading hub, generating renewed prosperity for all those who live and work here.. We at the 2020 Tax Commission are firmly in this second camp: the old order is broken and needs radical reform.. But we are also realists: our proposals, while far-reaching, are practical.. They are within the realms of what a competent, ambitious and principled government could deliver over the next decade.. Get the full report (7mb pdf).. Read the report summary (2mb pdf).. The Single Income Tax explained.. In the media.. Philip Booth.. The UK's tax system punishes work, training, family formation and saving.. If one were to set out to design a malfunctional tax and benefits system from scratch you would probably end up with what we have in the UK.. Continue Reading.. Simon Walker.. Tinkering with Britain’s economy won’t drive the growth we need.. Debate has raged for days over Adrian Beecroft’s proposed employment law reforms, exposing some fundamental problems in our politics.. Having been asked to apply his expertise and intelligence to a serious issue, and having volunteered his time, the savaging he has  ...   everyone "should pay tax at the same rate on their earnings and all other income".. For all our differences, I agree.. If you earn the same amount as a shareholder collecting a dividend or as a plumber fixing someone's central heating you should pay the same amount in tax.. And apart from the personal allowance, so you can earn enough to cover the basics tax free, if you earn twice as much, you should pay twice as much in tax.. Doesn't that sound like a reasonable objective?.. Allister Heath.. In place of tinkering.. Our economy is stagnant, crippled by excessively high public spending, high levels of leverage, a mismanaged and inefficient public sector, an extraordinarily complex and punitive tax system and a public mood that has become increasingly anti-capitalist.. The problem with such a soft option is that it may stave off an immediate budgetary crisis but it will condemn Britain to permanent relative economic, social and cultural decline.. Matthew Sinclair.. The Tax Reform Britain Needs.. From "Red" Ken Livingstone, the Labour Party candidate for mayor of London, to Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States, politicians have been getting in trouble over their taxes.. With voters struggling to make ends meet and pay their own tax bills, they have never been more sensitive to the charge that relatively well-off politicians aren't playing by the same rules.. Now that the complexity and opacity of the tax system is getting our leaders in trouble themselves, will they finally see the case for serious tax reform?.. Fraser Nelson.. Turn off your iPad, David Cameron, and start dealing with Britain's debt.. No one dispenses advice to the eurozone better than David Cameron.. His speech yesterday was a fountain of good sense and hard truth.. Quite rightly, he said there’s no point in any uncompetitive, debt-addicted country thinking it can just muddle along.. Radical, structural reform is needed.. He didn’t say which of the many basket-case European economies he had in mind, but one sticks out.. It is increasing its debt faster than anywhere else in Europe.. It languishes behind even Pakistan and Nicaragua on the global regulation league tables.. Its growth prospects have almost evaporated.. How do you solve a problem like the United Kingdom?..

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  • Title: The 2020 Tax Commission
    Descriptive info: About the 2020 Tax Commission.. The TaxPayers’ Alliance established the 2020 Tax Commission with the Institute of Directors.. Families and businesses in the UK are taxed far too much and the system is far too complicated.. The work of this Commission has looked at ways to address these problems.. The Chancellor.. called our tax system.. a "spaghetti-bowl" and the final report of the 2020 Tax Commission will feed into the debate on how to simplify it.. Tax Reform.. The reality is that families and businesses in the UK are still taxed far too much.. The UK has the world’s longest tax code – which has more than doubled in the last 13 years – and the costs of administering this system have soared at the same time.. For too long policy in a variety of areas, from welfare to business support, has seen the Government tax people and businesses too much and then hand some of it back as tax credits or grants.. The VAT hike has come in, as well as fuel duty; the level of employers’ National Insurance Contributions offers weak incentives for employers to hire more staff and grow their business; hard-working families have less of their own money in their pockets and even face substantial taxes when they die; the complexity of the tax system means that mistakes are all too common.. As the Government tries to tackle the deficit, it’s important that a credible and robust long-term plan for tax reform is articulated – and the 2020 Tax Commission has explore ways to do this.. Endorsements.. Dr Arthur Laffer..  ...   effort on this vital issue.. I am sure it will produce valuable lessons for policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic.. ".. Rt Hon John Redwood MP.. "Lower tax rates are the lifeblood of an enterprise economy.. In a very competitive world entrepreneurs and companies looking to invest seek out the best centres.. They are swayed by how much of their income will go in tax, how much of their profit if successful will be taken, and how much capital gains tax they will suffer on disposal.. They do not have to come to the UK or stay here.. The UK Government wishes to raise a lot of extra tax revenue over the next few years to reduce its deficit.. On its current plans it aims to raise £176 billion a year more by 2014-15 compared to 2009-10.. Cutting tax rates on enterprise and success is one way the Government could aim to increase its current tax revenues.. There is abundant evidence that when in the past the UK and the USA have raised capital gains tax rates they have collected less tax.. Income tax too is subject to declining revenues if you fix the rate too high.. I look forward to the work of the Tax Commission.. I hope they will reinforce the message that if you want to tax the rich more, the best way to do it is to set competitive rates of tax.. That way more come here, more stay here, more save and invest here, more create jobs here.. You end up with more revenue and a bigger enterprise sector..

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  • Title: The 2020 Tax Commission
    Descriptive info: The Commissioners.. Editor of.. City A.. M.. and Chairman of the 2020 Tax Commission.. Allister Heath is Editor of.. , the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and available worldwide at.. www.. cityam.. com.. Under his editorship, the paper, which has now grown to a print circulation of around 130,000 copies per day, has become an influential voice in London’s business community.. Heath’s trenchant daily column in the paper covers economics, finance, politics, geopolitics, business strategy and other subjects and has gathered an increasingly large following.. He has long had an interest in tax reform.. His first book.. A Flat Tax: Towards a British model.. , with a foreword by Steve Forbes, was published in 2006.. Heath has become an increasingly regular presence on British TV and radio, with recent appearances on BBC Radio Four’s.. Today.. Programme; BBC Two’s.. Newsnight.. and.. Daily Politics.. ; the BBC and ITV News Bulletins; the BBC News Channel; Sky News; and CNBC, among others.. Heath is a frequent public speaker and conference chairman, specialising in the UK and global economy, the outlook for the City, business trends and financial literacy.. In addition to.. , he has written for a wide range of newspapers.. He also serves as a contributing editor of.. The Spectator.. He was awarded the 2011 Free Enterprise Award by the Institute of Economic Affairs and was voted the 2012 SIMA Financial Journalist of the Year in the City of London Wealth Management Awards.. Prior to taking over at.. in March 2008, he was Editor of.. The Business.. magazine.. He was also a regular contributor to.. The Scotsman.. Scotland on Sunday.. While at.. , he also served a two-year term as a Wincott visiting professor of financial journalism at the University of Buckingham.. Heath was born and schooled in France.. He moved to the UK to attend university, graduating with a BSc in economics from the London School of Economics and an M.. Phil in economics from Hertford College, Oxford.. Andrew Allum.. Co-founder and Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.. Andrew Allum is Co-founder and Chairman of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.. He currently works as a Partner at a leading strategy consulting firm.. Richard Baron.. Head of Taxation at the Institute of Directors.. Richard has worked as a tax professional in a variety of roles for over 20 years.. He was Head of Taxation at the IoD from 1996 to 2002, and then spent three years working on corporation tax policy for HM Revenue & Customs.. He returned to the IoD as Head of Taxation in 2005.. Kevin Bell.. Chairman of Maitland Political and Trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs.. Kevin Bell is the Chairman of Maitland Political; former President of Fleishman- Hillard UK, Africa, and the Middle East; and a trustee of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).. He began his career with Michael Forsyth Associates in 1980, was a founding director of Westminster Strategy in 1987 before establishing Lowe Bell Political (later Bell Pottinger Public Affairs) in 1994.. Rosemary Brown.. Chairman of the Gabbitas, Truman & Thring Educational Trust.. Rosemary has wide-ranging business, public sector, media and voluntary work experience.. Among other senior roles, she was Founder and Managing Director of Enterprise Dynamics Ltd.. , Executive Chairman of Gabbitas Educational Consultants Ltd.. , Board member of  ...   Employer Advisory Board for the Reserve Forces.. Graham Hampson Silk.. Chairman of Hampson Holdings.. Graham Hampson Silk is Chairman of Hampson Holdings, a private company with investments in a number of varied businesses across the UK.. He has invested in many new, smaller organisations to help them develop and grow.. Graham now spends a great deal of time chairing the blood cancer charity he founded.. Graeme Leach.. Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors.. Graeme Leach is Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, which he joined in 1998.. Prior to joining the IoD, he was an economics director and managing editor of futures publications at the Henley Centre.. In 1998 he was awarded the WPP Atticus Award for original published thinking.. Andrew Lilico.. Director and Principal at Europe Economics.. Dr Andrew Lilico is a Director and Principal of Europe Economics where he has directed major projects on financial services regulation, the cost of capital, phar- maceuticals, competition, and impact assessment.. He has also published working papers on short selling, risk-sharing contracts in pharmaceuticals, housing, debt, and the regulation of markets with short-sighted agents.. Mark Littlewood.. Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs.. Mark has worked in political communications, public relations and public affairs – variously for the European Movement, the Environment Agency and the London Bus Initiative.. Mark has also been Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats.. Mark became the IEA’s fourth Director General in December 2009.. Douglas McWilliams.. Chief Executive of the Centre for Economics and Business Research.. Douglas McWilliams is Chief Executive of the CEBR, one of the UK’s leading specialist economics consultancies, which he founded in 1993.. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Confederation of British Industry from 1988 to 1992, Chief Economist for IBM UK (1986–88) and in the 12 years to 1986 held various posts at the CBI.. Fraser Nelson is Editor of.. and a columnist for the.. Daily Telegraph.. A journalist for 15 years, he started as a business correspondent for.. The Times.. and was Political Editor at.. before joining.. in 2006 as the magazine’s Political Editor.. Stephan Shakespeare.. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of YouGov plc.. Stephan is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of YouGov plc, a leading market research and polling company.. Stephan is one of the pioneers of Internet research and drives the company’s innovation-led strategy.. Matthew Sinclair, Principal Editor.. Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance.. Matthew Sinclair is the Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, responsible for managing its day-to-day research and campaigning work.. He edited the book.. How to Cut Public Spending (and Still Win an Election).. and wrote.. Let Them Eat Carbon.. , both published by Biteback Publishing, and has produced a wide range of influential research.. David B.. Smith, Chief Economist.. Beacon Economic Forecasting and Derby Business School.. Smith studied Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Essex.. He was then employed for nearly four decades as an economist in the City of London, starting at the Bank of England.. David is currently a Visiting Professor in Business and Economic Forecasting at the University of Derby and chairman of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, and maintains his own macroeconomic model of the international and UK economies at Beacon Economic Forecasting..

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  • Title: The 2020 Tax Commission
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. The TaxPayers' Alliance.. Email:.. info@taxpayersalliance.. Phone:.. 07795 084 113.. (24hr media mobile).. The Institute of Directors.. Mark Wallace.. Head of Media Relations.. mark.. wallace@iod.. 07764 883 417..

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