UK employers, stung by new levies, call for overhaul of tax system

By William Schomberg

LONDON (Reuters) – British businesses demanded that finance minister Rishi Sunak stop raising their taxes and instead offer more help to meet the challenges of Brexit, COVID-19 and climate change when he makes major budget statements next month.

The Confederation of British Industry urged Sunak to “flip business taxation on its head” when he sets out new tax proposals and a three-year spending plan on Oct. 27.

“The lack of detail and pace from the government on some of the big economic choices we must make as a country are the biggest concerns for business,” CBI Director General Tony Danker said in excerpts of a speech to be delivered later on Monday.

Danker told Sunak to stop hitting companies that invest in making their premises less carbon-intensive with increased property tax payments, a quirk of the business rates system.

He also said more needed to be done

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