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Tax is not just something for ‘the little people’, says the TUC

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01/06/2012
Brendan Barber speaks out on latest government figures highlighting the super-rich who pay less than the basic rate of tax.
Tax is not just something for ‘the little people’, says the TUC

Commenting on government figures showing the numbers of super-rich individuals in the UK that pay less than the 20% basic rate of income tax, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “These are truly shocking figures. For too many of Britain’s super-rich, tax is something for the little people.

“Unfortunately the government is making the mistake of trying to deal with tax reform in a piecemeal way – one day rewarding the very wealthy with a cut in their tax rate, the next trying to unpick their allowances that benefit charitable institutions.

“Instead what we need is a proper and comprehensive review of our tax system – one that sets out to make tax fair for everyone and means the super-rich start to pay effective tax rates much higher than the seemingly voluntary rates they pay at the moment.”

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