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Thursday 22 March 2012 Budget 2012: 1.3 million forced to pay higher income tax

Responding to the IFS prediction of sharp growth in the numbers paying the 40p rate, the director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Matthew Sinclair, said: “A tax rate that used to be reserved for rich people is now paid by millions of middle-class workers.

“The government have yet again made that a lot worse and dragged hundreds of thousands more into the higher rate at the Budget, so those who work hard and aspire to a better standard of living keep less of their money when they earn more.

“In theory the rate is 40 per cent, but in reality, once you include National Insurance, it is more like 50 per cent. That is an unfair and economically senseless rate to tax so many people at, and will undermine economic growth.”

Read the full article here Budget 2012: Corporation tax cut will boost wages, lobbyists claim

Matthew Sinclair, director of the TPA, said the planned reduction of the main rate to 24pc from 26pc in April, and to 22pc by 2014, would have a direct positive impact on wages and productivity.

“The corporation tax cuts announced are very likely to mean higher wages over time. There is therefore a direct impact on the public, as well as an impact on business and business confidence,” he said.

Read the full article here Budget 2012 and debt crisis: as it happened – March 22, 2012

Liverpool Daily The Debate: Should TV sport’s protected ‘crown jewels’ be axed?

YES, says Emma Boon, TaxPayers’ Alliance

NON-TERRESTRIAL commercial broadcasters should be allowed to bid for the “crown jewels”………

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Deadline News: Splashing out: Councils spend £1m on bottled water

Emma Boon of TaxpayerScotland slammed the figures, saying it was unfair for councils to spent taxpayers money on “luxury” at work.

She said: “Scottish councils can’t afford to pour hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money down the drain on bottled water.

“Other councils have managed to keep their water bills down by not using overpriced bottled and cooler water so there’s no reason other councils can’t do the same.

“Many employees will use the tap at home so there’s no reason to expect Town Halls to splash out on the luxury at work.”

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Wales Online: Massage sessions paid for council staff out of taxpayers funds

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group, said: “This kind of gimmick will anger residents at a time when the council has to make savings. The nearby beautiful scenery should provide all the relaxation county hall employees should need and doesn’t cost taxpayers a penny.”

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But Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, was more positive.

He said last night: “There is a lot of good news in the Budget for families who have struggled in the recession.”

Read the full story here


LBC: TPA Campaign Manager Robert Oxley discussed wether VAT should apply to all sales

BBC 3CR: Campaign Manager Robert Oxley gave the TPA’s reaction to the budget


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