Free low earners from the burden of income tax
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown , Member of Parliament for Cotswold, reveals in today's Daily Telegraph that his Bill to free low earners from the burden of income tax is due for its second reading this October. This is very good news for taxpayers. Here is the letter:
Sir - I am very pleased to see that The Daily Telegraph has been encouraging debate over reform of the complicated and burgeoning British tax system.
The Conservative Party now has a responsibility to offer plans for a viable system of low taxes, designed to benefit everyone in our communities - especially the most disadvantaged. With this in mind, I have introduced a Bill, which is due for its second reading this October, to stop the immoral levy of income tax on the poorest wage-earners.
Through this Bill, I intend to help make work worthwhile for the thousands of low-income earners, from school-leavers to pensioners, who have clearly been disregarded by this Government.
I hope to exempt permanently those whose earnings are significantly below the national average from the income tax system entirely. This will encourage the creation of jobs, reduce the cost of welfare and provide opportunities for the poorest in our communities, who will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money. It will also help some of the poorest pensioners.
In the meantime, we should also continue to examine with great interest all proposals to introduce an internationally competitive flat tax system here in the United Kingdom.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, London SW1