Tax expert urges the government to take a year off from the Budget speech

Instead of the traditional announcement, tax experts have urged the government to give the UK a year off from its programme of reform to concentrate on working out the detail and allow the public to catch up.

PricewaterhouseCoopers tax partner John Whiting said: ‘Businesses have a lot to deal with from Gordon Brown’s previous Budget speeches. The whole corporate tax self assessment regime, with its quarterly payments system, was a pretty major change for a start.’

Among the measures due to become effective from April this year are: limits to employee national insurance contributions; the Working Families Tax Credit; the basic rate of tax and the Married Couple’s Allowance.

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