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Rishi Sunak grilled on being Chancellor ‘with highest tax burden’

The long-waited spring Budget, the first since the first coronavirus lockdown nearly a year ago, saw the Chancellor extend the furlough scheme and Universal Credit increase as part of a £65 billion lifeline for the economy as it emerges from the pandemic. But taxes on business profits are set to be hiked from 2023, whole income tax thresholds will be frozen, meaning more people will be forced into paying back into the already-stretched coffers. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said he headline corporation tax rate, freezing personal tax allowances and thresholds, while taking £4billion more off annual departmental spending plans every year would raise £31.8 billion in 2025-26.

Mr Sunak told MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday the total package of measures, including those previously announced, to support the economy would total £407 billion.

He announced during the Budget the point at which people begin paying income tax will increase by £70 to £12,570 in April, but will be maintained at that level until April 2026, meaning more people will be dragged into paying tax as wages increase.



The 40p rate threshold will increase by £270 to £50,270 and then be frozen., while corporation tax will increase from 19 percent to 25 percent in 2025.

A new “small profits rate” will keep the 19 percent rate for businesses with profits of £50,000 and there will be a taper above £50,000 meaning only firms with profits of £250,000 or higher will be taxed at the full 25 percent rate.

Rishi Sunak has come under attack after he announced huge tax hikes (Image: GETTY)

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Rishi Sunak delivered his Budget on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

There was a new “super deduction” announced for companies when they invest, reducing their tax bill by 130 percent of the cost.

The OBR warned the raft of measures announced in the Budget will increase the tax burden from 34 percent to 35 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2025-26, “its highest level since Roy Jenkins was chancellor in the late 1960s”.

But the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the right-wing pressure group formed to campaign for a low-tax society, claimed hard-pressed households and businesses throughout the UK could find themselves buried under an even bigger tax burden than that.

John O’Connell, chief govt of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, mentioned: “There were some wins for taxpayers today, but it doesn’t gloss over the fact that this was a tax-raising budget.

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“The Chancellor is helping to rescue struggling sectors but £30 billion worth of tax increases will hit hard-pressed households and businesses already under the highest tax burden in 70 years.

“Big tax hikes risk choking off the recovery Rishi wants before it has even started, so let’s hope that other measures in the budget help to boost jobs, spur investment and ultimately revive the economy.”

Mark Littlewood, director common on the Institute of Economic Affairs assume tank, warned the massive tax hikes being inflicted on Britons will see the nation’s economic system battle to get better at tempo from the coronavirus pandemic.

He instructed Express.co.uk: “On most projections, the Johnson government will tax us even more heavily than Clement Attlee’s post war socialist administration.

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Rishi Sunak said the total package of measures, including those previously announced, to support the economy would total £407 billion (Image: PA)

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Rishi Sunak has come in for criticism after tax increases were announced in the Budget (Image: PA)

“This is likely to mean that economic growth will be very disappointing once we exit lockdown.

“The best way to boost the economy over the medium and long term is to allow people to keep more of their own money in their own pockets.”

John Macdonald, head of presidency affairs on the Adam Smith Institute assume tank, warned Britons’ pay packets might shrink considerably over the following six years.

He instructed this web site: “The Chancellor may declare that nobody’s take house pay will probably be decrease, however the personal tax threshold freeze is in truth a stealth tax rise.

“People’s pay packets might not become immediately smaller, but they will inevitably end up paying more in tax, with that £12,500 going a lot less far with inflation over the next 6 years.

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Budget 2021 summary (Image: EXPRESS)

“The Chancellor has pulled a powerful sleight of hand with this tax in all however identify, and by deferring rises to company tax till 2023, however each have enormous ramifications.

“Those on lower incomes will feel a greater tax burden, and corporations that have provided valuable services and persevered through the pandemic will be rewarded by having their profits clipped.

“He can not declare to need to make Britain the very best place for top development and revolutionary corporations whereas asserting company tax will rise to 25%, nicely over the worldwide common.

“The Tories must be wary of becoming the Party of big tax and little business – opposition to which won them an 80 seat majority just over a year ago.”


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