Differences in employment tax are unfair

2017-02-12 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Differences in how employees, the self-employed and company owner-managers are taxed are 'costly, inefficient and unfair', according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The IFS has concluded lower taxes for the self-employed are not justified by fewer employment rights. The report has set out a recommendation to level the employment tax playing field.

Interestingly, since 2008, a quarter of the growth in the workforce has come from the self-employed, with the total now at four million. The number of company owner-managers has doubled since 2008, currently standing at around 580,000.

The IFS also found that employed workers receive less favourable employment tax treatment, eg for a £15,000 income, tax on employees is £631 a year higher than if the income was earned by a self-employed person and £818 higher than if earned by a company owner manager.

Let’s hope that a levelling of the playing fields, which the IFS is suggesting, results in a reduction in taxes for employees, but somehow Renney and Co suspects it might be the other way round.

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