UK loses competitive tax rate

Link: Tax rises look increasingly likely

The competition between governments to attract businesses has driven down tax rates in a huge number of countries, and intensified the pressure to increase the tax rates on individuals.

The Average level of corporation tax in the worlds 30 richest countries fell from 37.5% in 1996 to 30.8% in 2003.

John Battersby, head of strategic tax policy at KPMG, told the Financial Times that the UK’s corporate tax rate of 30% is now only a ‘whisker from the OECD average’.

And the pressure on UK-based companies will be increased with Gordon Brown’s aggressive anti-tax avoidance measures. ‘Mr Brown’s efforts to extract more from companies may not be sustainable,’ warned Battersby.

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