date: 16 April 2012
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on government figures published today (Monday) showing the numbers of super-rich individuals in the UK that pay less than the 20 per cent 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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