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Business Leaders Voice Support for Tax Simplification

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A reoccurring cycle of news-feed spurns the debate surrounding tax code laws and the status quo of our current system. Two regular statements are normally concluded. One, the code is too complex, and two, simplification would generate a fairer tax system for the population, yet we rarely see signs of moving forward with change.

The latest leadership from influential business figures appears to be having a more significant effect as it provides a louder voice during the economic challenges we face and has a more willing partner within the Tory led government. The latest call overwhelmingly backs changed to merge National Insurance with Income Tax to assist with cost reduction and what we would hope to see as increased wages and job creation.

The TPA report declaration that National Insurance ‘chokes economic growth’ is an exaggerated policy manipulator yet serious challenges are increasing from the level of taxation for both business and consumers.

The growing support for change is likely to be implemented from the Treasury with the impending arrival of the autumn statement. Presently, 79% of business’s adhere to a policy of merging pay are you earn tax with National Insurance which can potentially decrease administration efforts and the worry of penalties.

If a system is needlessly complex then a change will almost certainly bring enthusiasm and optimism for a overhaul of the status quo. The self employed will almost certainly be watching developments with hawkish anticipation as their tax returns are far more complex then SME’s or businesses which have internal accountancy teams.

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The Tax Payers Alliance interestingly recognises that the average employee believes they are paying 20 pc on there earnings when the figure is in fact closer to 41 pc. The organisation believes greater transparency on payslips will aid the situation and NI can be destructive force against small business owners.

Merging the operational elements of the tax system will probably help with a Single Income Tax figure becoming an idealized system of the future for many. The single tax figure on a payslip subtracted from the monthly salary figure would almost certainly be a blessing to us all.

Post originated at Oceanic Business

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