Brown called on to cut red tape

first_img Comments are closed. Employers are calling for a simplification of the tax system and an end toadministrative payroll burdens such as the working families tax credit in therun up to this month’s Budget.They also want tax breaks for training, particularly in sectors sufferingfrom skills shortages.The Institute of Directors said simplification of the tax system should be ahigh priority and that there should be no further extension of social securitybenefits through the pay-roll. “The working families tax credit will in itself impose a large andwholly unacceptable administrative burden on employers,” said head ofpolicy Ruth Lea.Sir Clive Thompson, president of the CBI, echoed the call, saying thequarterly system of corporation tax payments is another burden and that timespent dealing with it could be better spent on business issues.He added that the complex tax procedure is particularly a burden for smalland medium-sized enterprises but also impacts on bigger companies.The Engineering Employers’ Federation said the Government must not use theBudget to usher in changes to legislation, as employers already have too muchto deal with.Tom Bewick, policy director at the national council of National TrainingOrganisations, said the council will not be making a statement but that hewould like to see Gordon Brown provide more incentives for training.”We are looking for breaks from the Chancellor that help individualsand employers invest in skills. “The Skills Task Force recommended to the Treasury that it reviews thefiscal incentives for training and we hope they have been doing that,” hesaid.At an IT skills and training conference in Brussels last week Microsoftcalled on the Government to provide tax breaks for firms training staff in ITskills.The TUC wants job creation policies to help depressed areas.The Low Pay Unit, meanwhile, wants a widening of the 10 pence-income taxband, an annual increase in the minimum wage and higher rates of sick pay,maternity pay and pensions.The IPD is not making a pre-Budget statement.By Dominique Hammond Previous Article Next Article Brown called on to cut red tapeOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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