TaxCorporate TaxInstitute lays out tax demands for pre-Budget

Institute lays out tax demands for pre-Budget

The ICAEW has identified 'taxpayer priorities' that chancellor Gordon Brown must act upon in next week's pre-Budget report, due to concerns over a looming pensions crisis and overly complex tax system.

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Workers on lower or middle incomes should be encouraged to take up pension schemes through flexible pension arrangements, it argues. The institute also wants the scrapping of plans to impose a lifetime cap linked to both contributions and investment growth.

Eric Anstee, chief executive of the ICAEW, is concerned that people are not being encouraged to make adequate pensions provisions. ‘Many of the current problems stem from the government removing the repayment of tax credits on pension funds in 1997. We would like to either see this reinstated or government contributions matching those on lower incomes,’ Anstee commented.

Early tax returns should earn a financial incentive, and ‘check and sign’ tax returns should be implemented, said the ICAEW. It also argues for a hold on a merger between the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, plus the need for more tax experts in at policy stage of changes to the tax system.

Mark Lee, chair of the ICAEW tax faculty commented: ‘Tax policy is not always being translated on the ground, often due to insufficient consideration of the operational issues that will arise.’

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