TaxPayers' Alliance backs MP's attempt to clarify how much we pay in tax - and where it then goes

January 24, 2012 8:58 AM

Today the TaxPayers' Alliance gives its backing to Ben Gummer MP in his attempt to introduce a small change to the law which would massively increase public awareness of how much we pay in tax - and how it is then spent.

Ipswich MP Mr Gummer will tomorrow (Wednesday 25th January) introduce his Statements of Taxation Bill after Prime Minister’s Questions and the TPA is urging MPs of all parties to give it their support.

The proposal is that each year Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs should send every taxpayer a statement detailing:

  • how much Income Tax and National Insurance they paid in the previous year;

  • how much Income Tax and National Insurance they can expect to pay in the current year; and

  • how that money is being spent, broken down by areas of government spending.


Jonathan Isaby, Political Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"We have always campaigned for greater transparency from the Government about how much of our money it takes in tax and how it then spends it, so this Bill is long overdue. Not only would an annual tax statement make clear how much of our annual income is taken in combined Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, but it would set out proportionately how much of that money funds the benefits system, the police, the NHS and so on.


"It is a simple and cheap proposal, but one which would give taxpayers far more information as we seek to hold the Government to account over how it spends our hard-earned cash. In the interests of transparency and accountability, MPs owe it to their constituents to give this Bill their support."


We have consistently campaigned over the years for greater transparency from the Government about how much of our money it takes in tax and how it then spends it.

The bill is a simple and cheap proposal, but one which would give taxpayers far more information when holding the Government to account. You can use writetothem.com to contact your local MP and encourage them to give this measure their support.Today the TaxPayers' Alliance gives its backing to Ben Gummer MP in his attempt to introduce a small change to the law which would massively increase public awareness of how much we pay in tax - and how it is then spent.

Ipswich MP Mr Gummer will tomorrow (Wednesday 25th January) introduce his Statements of Taxation Bill after Prime Minister’s Questions and the TPA is urging MPs of all parties to give it their support.

The proposal is that each year Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs should send every taxpayer a statement detailing:

  • how much Income Tax and National Insurance they paid in the previous year;

  • how much Income Tax and National Insurance they can expect to pay in the current year; and

  • how that money is being spent, broken down by areas of government spending.


Jonathan Isaby, Political Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"We have always campaigned for greater transparency from the Government about how much of our money it takes in tax and how it then spends it, so this Bill is long overdue. Not only would an annual tax statement make clear how much of our annual income is taken in combined Income Tax and National Insurance contributions, but it would set out proportionately how much of that money funds the benefits system, the police, the NHS and so on.


"It is a simple and cheap proposal, but one which would give taxpayers far more information as we seek to hold the Government to account over how it spends our hard-earned cash. In the interests of transparency and accountability, MPs owe it to their constituents to give this Bill their support."


We have consistently campaigned over the years for greater transparency from the Government about how much of our money it takes in tax and how it then spends it.

The bill is a simple and cheap proposal, but one which would give taxpayers far more information when holding the Government to account. You can use writetothem.com to contact your local MP and encourage them to give this measure their support.

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