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MP: Show taxpayers how their money will be spent

Conservative MP Ben Gummer is calling for the Government to introduce taxpayer statements explaining to people how their taxes will be spent.

Gummer’s proposal would see taxpayers get statements showing how much tax they will pay in the current year and the year to come as well as how money will be divided by and within Government departments.

It would be based on Budget statements, p60s and tax returns. Around election time, it could also include opposition plans.

The proposal will be put before Parliament in a 10-minute rule bill this week.

Gummer says the Treasury has given him “warm signals” over the proposal and it has the backing of Treasury select committee chairman Andrew Tyrie.

Gummer, who is the son of Aifa chairman John Gummer, says: “I am pressing for it to be included in the Budget and, for a backbench proposal, I think that it has about as much support as you can hope for. There is far too much obscurity in the tax system.”


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