Two thirds of Tory voters say the richest should pay more tax


Two thirds of Tory voters say the richest should pay more tax, a poll reveals.

Some 64% backed rises for wealthy individuals and firms, according to the Tax Justice Network survey.

Overall, 74% of the 3,010 people quizzed said the well-off should pay more.

And 66% said those who profit from wealth should face the same tax rates as workers – indicating backing for a shake-up of capital gains tax rules.

Just 24% did not want to pay more tax personally.

The poll also revealed support for a crackdown on tax dodgers, with 87% saying the Government should close loopholes.

Overall, 74% of the 3,010 people quizzed said the well-off should pay more

Tax Justice UK boss Robert Palmer said: “People have had enough of clever accounting that allows companies and wealthy individuals to pay less than they should.”

The study was carried out before the lockdown.

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Mr Palmer added: “If we are to be resilient to shocks that means the strongest [paying] higher taxes.

“The crisis has exposed how threadbare public services have become.”





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