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Treasury rejects merger but looks to simplify NICs and income tax

The Government has stopped short of a full merger of National Insurance and income tax as ministers examine proposals to integrate the two systems.

The Treasury issued a call for evidence in July this year following a report from the Office of Tax Simplification highlighting the case for integrating National Insurance contributions and income tax.

In its formal response to the call for evidence, published this week, the Treasury says there is “a clear appetite for reform”, with most responses focused on making the system of National Insurance more like income tax.

The Treasury says any reforms are likely to target “alignment, simplification or operational integration” rather than a complete merger of the two regimes.

It says: “The Government will maintain the contributory principle that underpins National Insurance. Those in employment will continue to pay or be treated as paying National Insurance in order to receive financial support while out of work, whether through illness, unemployment or in retirement. As such, NICs will need to retain an identity distinguishable from income tax.

“National Insurance will remain a charge on the earnings of working-age individuals. The Government does not intend to extend NICs to other forms of income such as pensions, savings and dividends.”

Treasury exchequer secretary David Gauke says: “We are exploring ways in which we could integrate the operation of income tax and NICs, with benefits for employers and employees.

“The Government will be working in partnership with external stakeholders to identify options and will report on progress at Budget 2012.”

LEBC longevity director Nick Flynn says: “Any government moves to reduce the complexity of the tax system are welcome because at the moment it is hideously complex.”


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  1. Once again Government has avoided necessary radical reform. The vast majority of people perceive NI, correctly, as just another tax, and have no understanding of how their deductions are worked out. It appears to many as an arbitrary system which simply penalises extra work. I myself am on the minimum wage, and tire of explaining to my co-workers that more hours leads to higher net earnings as well as higher tax.

    We should be moving toward a flat rate system, with no tax allowances at all, no jsa or hb, and a lifetime citizens income safety net, operated much like child benefit, with special help for people unable to work……… It would be a difficult goal to reach, but not made easier by going in the opposite diection with higher personal allowances and steeper taxes, and just tinkering at the edges – isn’t that what GB was always accused of?

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