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Isn't it about time we simplify the tax regime?...

Given many of the banks have entire departments to game international tax systems, and according to this article, continue even immediately after they've promised not to...

"Barclays has been blocked from implementing two “highly abusive” tax schemes that could have cost the Treasury £500m, despite the bank’s commitment to a new code of practice in which it pledged not to engage in tax avoidance."
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I think you've fairly summarised where my thoughts are at! While we're at it, why not have cap gains, corporation and income tax all at a nice simple same level, think of all the games valuable ways of mitigating tax that'd eliminate! Still, best not, wouldn't want to hurt civil service employment...
 
That's true, but don't we just love the extra complexity - the answer (to anything) is never simpler, even when simpler just works. Vested interests? You may very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment.

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Most of our politicos are of the same quality - we just don't have the religious stuff adding to it. They're just as feckless, and entirely in the pocket of business when in power, but we have mostly career politicians these days, so life or industry experience is pretty thin on the ground. Statesmen? What are they? I suspect I'd vote for anyone who's starting point is repealing every law since WW2 unless it can be proven to be better...
 
Yes, to start with it would be easy - eliminate strange dusty laws from 18 something, but would rapidly get interesting...
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