Calls made for non-dom status to be abolished

11 December 2007 / by None
Abolishing non-domiciled status would boost revenue for the government without charging more to ordinary taxpayers in Britain, it has been suggested.

Brendan Barber, general secretary for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) argued the view in response to Treasury proposals to reform the tax breaks currently available for non-domicile citizens, such as foreign investors, in the UK.

No or little taxation against non-domiciles is questioned by Mr Barber who asked why Britain's "super-rich" should avoid tax payments which, for them, would amount to "small change".

Ordinary taxpayers will question why both political parties would want to allow some wealthy non-domiciled citizens to avoid significant tax charges when ordinary tax payers have to make up the difference as a result, he said.

"Ending the non-dom tax break would easily raise the £4 billion experts agree is needed to meet the Government's target of halving child poverty by 2010," Mr Barber commented.

His comments come as chancellor Alistair Darling's pre-Budget proposals have been accused of failing to address the tax charges facing Britons on low incomes by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group.

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