50p top rate tax to be axed before 2015

The Chancellor signalled his intention to axe the 50p top rate of tax before the next election.

A review will examine if the bracket for those earning £150,000 or more is actually raising any money.

George Osborne warned that the 50p rate would ‘do lasting damage to our economy were it to become permanent’ because it would ‘undermine aspiration’.

The tax was brought in by Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling, who claimed it was a temporary measure.

But Mr Osborne has kept the rate in order to demonstrate to those on lower incomes that the best off are also making a contribution to eliminating the structural deficit.

Setting up a review by HM Revenue and Customs will give the Tories political cover to remove the 50p rate if it is not proving to be a moneyspinner.

The Adam Smith Institute has warned of a fall in tax receipts of £350bn over ten years as the wealthy take avoidance measures.

Mr Osborne told MPs: ‘When businesses and capital and people can increasingly move anywhere, high tax rates can do real damage.

‘They crush enterprise, undermine aspiration and often undermine tax revenues.’

 

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Comprehensive spending review: tax

Tax

Like most other government departments, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to lose a part of its budget as a result of the spending review.

The Chancellor introduced cuts of 15 per cent in real terms in the tax authority’s spending.
HMRC has been briefed to make the savings through a reduction in admin costs and a more effective targeting of customer services.

Processes that cause the greatest number of errors, such as VAT registrations, are to be redesigned.

The government said that the backlog of PAYE under- or overpayment cases should be cleared by 2012. HMRC will also be conducting the next stage of the consultation on improving the PAYE system, examining how best to manage a real time information process. The purpose is to ease the administrative burden of tax management on employers.

Despite the cuts, HMRC has been granted an extra £900 million over the next four years to tackle the issue of tax avoidance. The plan is that the additional resources will enable HMRC to recover some £7 billion a year in underpaid or unpaid tax by 2014/15.

 

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