Issue date
16 Apr 2012

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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