TV licence fee should be reclassified as a civil offence – not a criminal offence

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

Why is this idea important?

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

One equal capped tax band – Make the poor pay their fair share.

Bring equality into the tax system with every person paying exactly the same amount of tax regardless of how much they earn.

Why is this idea important?

Bring equality into the tax system with every person paying exactly the same amount of tax regardless of how much they earn.

Flat tax

Throw away the tax books and introduce flat tax. [Ideally of course there should just be a consumption tax so that savers are rewarded and spenders are taxed.]

Why is this idea important?

Throw away the tax books and introduce flat tax. [Ideally of course there should just be a consumption tax so that savers are rewarded and spenders are taxed.]

Abolish Income Tax ans similar, put it all on spending

Income Tax was only brought in temporarily  (to fund a war?)!! , scrap it and similar taxation. Put the burden on spending, with safeguards for those who are in need. Let someone earn as much as they want, if they save it all – great for the banks and country cash in bank health, if they spend it, great, more they spend, more they pay!

Sack all the Inland Revenue and similar bureaurcrats with the huge costs of administration etc, with tax on spending no one can avoid!

Why is this idea important?

Income Tax was only brought in temporarily  (to fund a war?)!! , scrap it and similar taxation. Put the burden on spending, with safeguards for those who are in need. Let someone earn as much as they want, if they save it all – great for the banks and country cash in bank health, if they spend it, great, more they spend, more they pay!

Sack all the Inland Revenue and similar bureaurcrats with the huge costs of administration etc, with tax on spending no one can avoid!

Employer National Insurance Levy

Charge all business' who use overseas call centres an employers National Insurance Levy equivalent to the number of employees required to carry out the service in this country.

Why is this idea important?

Charge all business' who use overseas call centres an employers National Insurance Levy equivalent to the number of employees required to carry out the service in this country.

Scrap IR35

The world of work has become much tougher for a lot of white collar workers. The days of secure employment and decent rights have gone. I spend most of my working time in a large department of a bank where more than 50% of the people are contractors. The daily rate we get paid is good, but there is no security of tenure, no sick pay, no holiday pay and not much by way of respect. I don't bemoan it – it's just the way things are these days. Very different from when I started working at the end of the 80s.

The problem with the IR35 tax regime is that it seeks to bring what is effectively self-employment back into the PAYE framework with all the downside being on the worker, none on the employer. We have no security, we at least ought to be able to manage our consultancy business in a tax efficient way.

If the taxman wants to match what he used to get when we all had PAYE jobs, then let him slug it out with the big boys – the employers, not pick on the little guy who can't afford as good a lawyer. It's institutional bullying.

Tell the taxman to abolish IR35. Tell the taxman that if he wants to up his tax revenues he should go after the employers, not the workers. Tell the taxman to be a man about it.

Why is this idea important?

The world of work has become much tougher for a lot of white collar workers. The days of secure employment and decent rights have gone. I spend most of my working time in a large department of a bank where more than 50% of the people are contractors. The daily rate we get paid is good, but there is no security of tenure, no sick pay, no holiday pay and not much by way of respect. I don't bemoan it – it's just the way things are these days. Very different from when I started working at the end of the 80s.

The problem with the IR35 tax regime is that it seeks to bring what is effectively self-employment back into the PAYE framework with all the downside being on the worker, none on the employer. We have no security, we at least ought to be able to manage our consultancy business in a tax efficient way.

If the taxman wants to match what he used to get when we all had PAYE jobs, then let him slug it out with the big boys – the employers, not pick on the little guy who can't afford as good a lawyer. It's institutional bullying.

Tell the taxman to abolish IR35. Tell the taxman that if he wants to up his tax revenues he should go after the employers, not the workers. Tell the taxman to be a man about it.

Synchronise Accounts Submission HMRC & Companies House

Companies must currently submit the same end of year accounts to both Companies House and the Inland Revenue.  Each has different deadlines.  This is a waste of time.  As they must be submitted electronically from next year, the deadlines should be made the same and the filing achieved with a single submission.

Why is this idea important?

Companies must currently submit the same end of year accounts to both Companies House and the Inland Revenue.  Each has different deadlines.  This is a waste of time.  As they must be submitted electronically from next year, the deadlines should be made the same and the filing achieved with a single submission.

Public Holiday on ‘Tax Day’ Monday

1) There are numerous 'stealth taxes' implemented by the prevous goverment. Awareness needs to be raised

2) The UK is behind the number of national holidays compared to the rest of europe.

Calculate, for the average person, how much of their money is spent on playing taxes (VAT, income tax, average council tax, NI etc etc). This formula must be fixed and cannot be changed between goverments. This should not include any benifits claimed.

Transpose this to a day of the week, so for example, if 50% of average income is spent on tax, 365 days = 183rd day is tax day.

Find the nearest monday and this becomes a national holiday for the year.

The later in the year this is the more we are being taxed, this become public knowleage, raises awareness and gets the public more interested in politics

 

Why is this idea important?

1) There are numerous 'stealth taxes' implemented by the prevous goverment. Awareness needs to be raised

2) The UK is behind the number of national holidays compared to the rest of europe.

Calculate, for the average person, how much of their money is spent on playing taxes (VAT, income tax, average council tax, NI etc etc). This formula must be fixed and cannot be changed between goverments. This should not include any benifits claimed.

Transpose this to a day of the week, so for example, if 50% of average income is spent on tax, 365 days = 183rd day is tax day.

Find the nearest monday and this becomes a national holiday for the year.

The later in the year this is the more we are being taxed, this become public knowleage, raises awareness and gets the public more interested in politics

 

No corporation tax return for very small companies

For VAT registered very small companies (turnover £50k) who file their VAT online (a) provide them with the option to have PCTCT (profits calculated and used for determining corporation tax) based on the previous 4 quarters VAT returns, and (b) thereby eliminate the requirement to support and file a separate corporation tax return calculation and full statutory accounts.

In addition, for very small companies electing to continue to file the existing summary corporation tax return, an ultra simplified self assessment form and half  page guidance note should be introduced. 

Allow very small companies to use their accounting period as the tax period if it ends within 3 month of the tax period (currently, if the accounting period does not coincide with the tax period then two separate tax calculations need to be prepared each year using two different accounting periods and sets of accounts — just by reading this you can start to see just how unnecessarily overcomplicated and bureacratic filing is for very small companies).

Why is this idea important?

For VAT registered very small companies (turnover £50k) who file their VAT online (a) provide them with the option to have PCTCT (profits calculated and used for determining corporation tax) based on the previous 4 quarters VAT returns, and (b) thereby eliminate the requirement to support and file a separate corporation tax return calculation and full statutory accounts.

In addition, for very small companies electing to continue to file the existing summary corporation tax return, an ultra simplified self assessment form and half  page guidance note should be introduced. 

Allow very small companies to use their accounting period as the tax period if it ends within 3 month of the tax period (currently, if the accounting period does not coincide with the tax period then two separate tax calculations need to be prepared each year using two different accounting periods and sets of accounts — just by reading this you can start to see just how unnecessarily overcomplicated and bureacratic filing is for very small companies).

OPT OUT OF EUROPE ALL TOGETHER

The cost of being in Europe is prohibiting the real expansion of business within the UK so removing us from the Union would ultimately result in more job creation and faster growth.

Along with this would come the benefit of not having to pay a membership fee of some £40billion a year for a rebate of £9billion a net loss of £30billions a year which would wipe out the national debt within 6 years.

If this government is intent on keeping its promise of fair representation for all then it must realise that European intervention in everything we do is against that promise so we must pull out now.

Why is this idea important?

The cost of being in Europe is prohibiting the real expansion of business within the UK so removing us from the Union would ultimately result in more job creation and faster growth.

Along with this would come the benefit of not having to pay a membership fee of some £40billion a year for a rebate of £9billion a net loss of £30billions a year which would wipe out the national debt within 6 years.

If this government is intent on keeping its promise of fair representation for all then it must realise that European intervention in everything we do is against that promise so we must pull out now.

Abolish the Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) Scheme

The Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) scheme (see www.eca.gov.uk) is intended to encourage businesses to invest in plant which saves energy, reduces carbon emissions or conserves water. While the intention is laudable it doesn't work in practice because of the way it has been implemented. In order to qualify for the allowance the plant you buy or the contractor you employ has to be on the approved government list.

Our company has made a significant investment in a water recycling system whereby water is collected from the roof of our warehouse, stored in tanks and used in priority to water from the mains. The work was carried out by a local plumbing contractor and the tanks are adapted agricultural storage tanks; neither, of course, are on the list and the expenditure therefore doesn't qualify for the allowance. And yet we are conserving water in precisely the way this scheme is intended to encourage.

Even when we have been able to claim ECAs they have been for only one component of a larger piece of plant and at a fixed rate which is not necessarity related to the cost of the item. Identifying the component which qualifies requires specialist engineering knowledge and a long trawl through the published lists.

I strongly believe that the scheme should be abolished or at least, in these days of self-assessment, the taxpayer should be allowed to decide whether the capital expenditure qualifies based on criteria and not on a list. Since I'm not generally in favour of the government trying to alter people's behaviour using taxation (except for smoking!) my preference would be for abolition. After all, aren't the savings generated by reducing electricity or water consumption enough of an incentive? And is there any real evidence that ECAs have tipped the balance by encouraging businesses to invest in this type of plant when they might not have otherwise done so?

Why is this idea important?

The Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) scheme (see www.eca.gov.uk) is intended to encourage businesses to invest in plant which saves energy, reduces carbon emissions or conserves water. While the intention is laudable it doesn't work in practice because of the way it has been implemented. In order to qualify for the allowance the plant you buy or the contractor you employ has to be on the approved government list.

Our company has made a significant investment in a water recycling system whereby water is collected from the roof of our warehouse, stored in tanks and used in priority to water from the mains. The work was carried out by a local plumbing contractor and the tanks are adapted agricultural storage tanks; neither, of course, are on the list and the expenditure therefore doesn't qualify for the allowance. And yet we are conserving water in precisely the way this scheme is intended to encourage.

Even when we have been able to claim ECAs they have been for only one component of a larger piece of plant and at a fixed rate which is not necessarity related to the cost of the item. Identifying the component which qualifies requires specialist engineering knowledge and a long trawl through the published lists.

I strongly believe that the scheme should be abolished or at least, in these days of self-assessment, the taxpayer should be allowed to decide whether the capital expenditure qualifies based on criteria and not on a list. Since I'm not generally in favour of the government trying to alter people's behaviour using taxation (except for smoking!) my preference would be for abolition. After all, aren't the savings generated by reducing electricity or water consumption enough of an incentive? And is there any real evidence that ECAs have tipped the balance by encouraging businesses to invest in this type of plant when they might not have otherwise done so?

Abolish National Insurance / combine NI with income tax

National Insurance should be abolished. It can be combined into a single, simple income tax.

State pension entitlement can instead by tied to income tax contributions, if necessary continueing the entitlement for non-working people to continue to acrue pension entitlement.

Why is this idea important?

National Insurance should be abolished. It can be combined into a single, simple income tax.

State pension entitlement can instead by tied to income tax contributions, if necessary continueing the entitlement for non-working people to continue to acrue pension entitlement.

Reintroduce supertax for obscene salaries

A supertax bracket of 75% (or more) should be introduced for incomes above £10,000 a week which should go directly to organisations like the NHS.

Recipients of such huge salaries could get relief from the tax on any money they give directly to charity.

Why is this idea important?

A supertax bracket of 75% (or more) should be introduced for incomes above £10,000 a week which should go directly to organisations like the NHS.

Recipients of such huge salaries could get relief from the tax on any money they give directly to charity.

Allow married couples to share their tax allowance

Non working spouses should be able to transfer their full tax allowance to their working partner. Income tax should be calculated on a joint basis for married and co-habiting couples. Non working spouses who choose not to work do not claim benefits and are financially supported by their working spouses so are not a burden to the state – if anything they free up jobs for those that need them. The government should support parents that make this choice by allowing them to Share income tax allowance.

Why is this idea important?

Non working spouses should be able to transfer their full tax allowance to their working partner. Income tax should be calculated on a joint basis for married and co-habiting couples. Non working spouses who choose not to work do not claim benefits and are financially supported by their working spouses so are not a burden to the state – if anything they free up jobs for those that need them. The government should support parents that make this choice by allowing them to Share income tax allowance.

Historic Vehicle Tax needs reviewing!

I have an old VW Campervan which was registered on the 1st March 1973. The van is in perfect condition and certainly better condition than some of the newer cars on the road. Yet the deadline for qualifying for historic vehicle tax is on the 1st January 1973, which my van doesn't qualify as it is two months out!

Why is this idea important?

I have an old VW Campervan which was registered on the 1st March 1973. The van is in perfect condition and certainly better condition than some of the newer cars on the road. Yet the deadline for qualifying for historic vehicle tax is on the 1st January 1973, which my van doesn't qualify as it is two months out!

The Setting up of a Proactive Revenues team to locate and retrieve tax avoidance from all incomes.

too much emphasis is placed on the loss of revenue fromthose in receipt of benefits for which they are not necessarily entitled. The same vigour should be adopted and enforced to investigate and retrieve avoided taxation. Evidence suggests the loss to the Treasury is significant and would pay for the cost of funding investigative teams many times over.

It's about time this was no longer allowed to be treated as a lesser ' crime' than benefit fraud.

Why is this idea important?

too much emphasis is placed on the loss of revenue fromthose in receipt of benefits for which they are not necessarily entitled. The same vigour should be adopted and enforced to investigate and retrieve avoided taxation. Evidence suggests the loss to the Treasury is significant and would pay for the cost of funding investigative teams many times over.

It's about time this was no longer allowed to be treated as a lesser ' crime' than benefit fraud.

Abolish business rates

Abolish business rates. I realise that in the current climate the government could not possibly afford such a generous tax cut, so I propose making up for the lost tax revenue by increasing corporation tax by whatever amount would make the whole thing revenue neutral.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish business rates. I realise that in the current climate the government could not possibly afford such a generous tax cut, so I propose making up for the lost tax revenue by increasing corporation tax by whatever amount would make the whole thing revenue neutral.

Reform VAT rules

VAT was originally intended as a tax on luxuries but is now charged on almost all essentials, including domestic fuel and some foods, while other goods which we could survive without are either zero-rated or exempt, such as books (other than educational), newspapers and magazines. The system badly needs reforming. If this was done, the rise in VAT to 20% would not be necessary.

Why is this idea important?

VAT was originally intended as a tax on luxuries but is now charged on almost all essentials, including domestic fuel and some foods, while other goods which we could survive without are either zero-rated or exempt, such as books (other than educational), newspapers and magazines. The system badly needs reforming. If this was done, the rise in VAT to 20% would not be necessary.

Simplify Tax, Reduce Administration and Target Consumerism

Two types of tax only are required- (i) Consumer tax and (ii) Financial (export) Tax.

(i)  Only consumption results in deterioriation of society's infrastructure, pollution and waste.  Therefore all consumption should be taxed as a means of funding the cost of such activities.

(ii)  To safeguard the nation against loss of assets, tax the monetary value of goods and money taken overseas.  This does not include export of goods which result in a net income to the UK.

As income, interest and bank balance, etc do not in their own right create damage, polution, etc these do not need to be taxed as there are no national costs arising. 

Why is this idea important?

Two types of tax only are required- (i) Consumer tax and (ii) Financial (export) Tax.

(i)  Only consumption results in deterioriation of society's infrastructure, pollution and waste.  Therefore all consumption should be taxed as a means of funding the cost of such activities.

(ii)  To safeguard the nation against loss of assets, tax the monetary value of goods and money taken overseas.  This does not include export of goods which result in a net income to the UK.

As income, interest and bank balance, etc do not in their own right create damage, polution, etc these do not need to be taxed as there are no national costs arising. 

Publish information on tax paid for different income groups

It is not clear how much (income) tax is paid by people with differing incomes. There are rumours that 'the rich' can find ways to avoid paying tax. Can we therefore see an anonymous breakdown eg histograms, of how much tax is paid by people on diferent incomes. It should be published both as a percentage and as a total amount.

Why is this idea important?

It is not clear how much (income) tax is paid by people with differing incomes. There are rumours that 'the rich' can find ways to avoid paying tax. Can we therefore see an anonymous breakdown eg histograms, of how much tax is paid by people on diferent incomes. It should be published both as a percentage and as a total amount.

Prevent local authorities from administering stealth taxes

Local authorities should not be allowed to raise additional revenuesby stealth to balance their books. The govenment grant, council tax and revenues from council owned rented accomodation should be the only way that a council can alter the revenue from local residents.

Local charges(taxes) for car parking, charging for leisure facilties to the proposed "pay as you throw" emptying of bins should be absolutely outlawed as these are local taxes on the local community. All of which acts as a disincentive to local people to shop, work and play locally, creating ever larger invory towers for bureacrats in councils.

Get rid of these powers so elected councillors spend to budget and are never incentivised to increase revenues which are truely counterproductive to enhancing the local community.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Local authorities should not be allowed to raise additional revenuesby stealth to balance their books. The govenment grant, council tax and revenues from council owned rented accomodation should be the only way that a council can alter the revenue from local residents.

Local charges(taxes) for car parking, charging for leisure facilties to the proposed "pay as you throw" emptying of bins should be absolutely outlawed as these are local taxes on the local community. All of which acts as a disincentive to local people to shop, work and play locally, creating ever larger invory towers for bureacrats in councils.

Get rid of these powers so elected councillors spend to budget and are never incentivised to increase revenues which are truely counterproductive to enhancing the local community.