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Plans for an income tax scrapped

Schemes for a national ‘income tax’ in the UK have been ruled out as impracticable. The aim had been to introduce a tax system intended to be based on people’s “ability to pay”. Officials say it would take further three years just to conduct a nationwide survey of wages and salaries. Inspectors at HM Revenue & Customs had logged details of the wages paid to 25 million employees England and Wales, but the project was effectively torpedoed by George Osborne after he had ordered the deletion of a database compiled by HM Revenue & Customs spies, containing details of millions of people’s earnings. The move means that any levy on incomes would now take years to introduce…