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  • REPLACE COUNCIL TAX WITH A LOCAL INCOME TAX, which is built into the normal Income Tax payment. It's fairer and it's easier to adjust and collect.

    This means that Income Tax will consist of a local tax aspect as well as a national tax aspect. Each Local Authority will determine how much Local Income Tax it is going to levy. It will all be collected by the Inland Revenue from the same wage packet.

    What we pay will be reflected in our income, not our house size, or the area in which we live. We will be taxed on our income band, not our property band, or geographical area. All incomes below £15,000 automatically exempt.

    It is the simplest tax to collect because everything is already set up. The Inland Revenue already has the details, it can be taken out of our wage-packet before we receive it, and nobody is able to escape paying. It provides an element of stability and certainty because it is predictable. People know how much they will be paying depending upon their salary.

    A national economy with an ongoing policy of maintaining itself through the leeching of trained and skilled personnel from other countries, can have no long-term future. With a debt-free Public Investment Bank able to create debt-free money at no expense to the taxpayer, the fiscal requirement -- for infrastructural and essential projects, for genuinely beneficial things like roads, sewers, small local hospitals, Home Helps, and the recycling technology known as Swerfing; but not for the present and ever-expanding army of pc-compliance apparatchiks, profiteering control-freak surveillance of the entire population, importing asylum seekers, or the proliferation of so-called Development Agencies with crony fatcat executives and various other associated parasites in tow -- would at a stroke be near enough halved.

    Indeed, were the undesirable and ideologically motivated agencies to be abolished, taxes could immediately be reduced even without a changeover to debt-free funding.

    The so-called "indirect taxes" advocated by some parties tend to hit the less affluent an awful lot more than they do the rich. For instance, John Prescott isn't really much bothered if as a result of Gordon Brown's taxation, fuel goes up in price since he has lots of money. But someone on a low income would be hit disproportionately hard by the same rise. IGV does not consider a comparatively high rate of such indirect taxation to be a viable or fair basis upon which to collect finance for national or local government.

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