Keep It Simple - Proposals to Reduce the Complexity of the UK Tax System

Economic
Monday, January 30, 2006

The call for taxes to be simplified is not new. In 1969, the Bow Group, published a paper by Geoffrey Howe and Norman Lamont, called ‘Politics for Poverty’. The paper included arguments for radical simplification of taxes. Earlier, in 1965, James Callaghan promised to put ‘accountants out of business’ with his corporate tax simplification proposals1, while in 1977 Howe, by then a shadow minister, warned that ‘we are in danger of being drowned in a sea of exemptions and concessions’.

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