Storm clouds revealed by the Budget will force taxpayers in West Midlands to work an extra 2 years without pay to balance the country’s books
Birmingham and Tamworth accountants Honey Bee Accountants have today launched two free initiatives to prevent local taxpayers and businesses being drowned by the storm clouds identified in the small print of George Osborne’s Budget. Launching the initiatives Honey Bee Accountancy partner Carl Ford said:
“Inevitably the likes of the sugar levy, school reforms, lifetime ISAs, business rates exemptions and flood defence spending promises will grab most of the headlines. But the real story today is not about the detailed announcements, which ranged from innovative and genuinely useful to window dressing and spin. It is not even about the prediction that there are storm clouds on the horizon.
The real story today is that the storm clouds aren’t gathering, they are already here. They were here before the Chancellor stood up. And they are still here now he has sat down.
The brutal truth, which the Chancellor confirmed today, is that successive governments have spent over £1.7 trillion more than they have earned. That’s the equivalent of over £58,000 for every single taxpayer, or over £93,000 for every single family in the West Midlands. Putting it another way, someone working full time and earning average national wages would have to work for two years and give every single penny of their wages over to the taxman just to pay for what the country has already spent. And that’s not all, because to pay for new government spending the average Birmingham taxpayer will also need to hand over another 21 weeks’ worth of wages in tax every single year.
Shocking as those numbers are, the good news is that the West Midlands can fight back in two key ways. Firstly, by making local business more successful we can generate enough extra jobs, income and wealth to make paying those extra taxes much less painful. And secondly we can make sure that none of us pay an unfair share of those taxes.
Exactly how much we each end up paying is very complicated, and there are a great many traps for the unwary. So we believe that the region’s taxpayers need to take urgent action to protect themselves, their families and their businesses. And to help them, today we are launching a free 2016 Tax Fairness Review service for businesses and individuals to make sure that they don’t pay a single penny more than their fair share in tax.
We are also launching a free “2016 Business Builder” initiative to help Birmingham and Tamworth’s businesses generate the growth and prosperity the country needs in order to make paying all those extra taxes easier and less painful. Using leading-edge software, systems and thinking, it will help local businesses discover new ways to create more jobs, profits and wealth.
Together these initiatives will help to ensure that the region is treated fairly as it pulls it weight.”
Readers who would like to discover exactly what the 2016 Business Builder and Tax Fairness Review initiatives can do for them – and test drive them for free – can do so by calling Honey Bee Accountancy on 0121 674 4219 to arrange your free appointment.
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Carl Ford is the founder of Honey Bee Accountancy. Carl has extension knowledge of the retail and recruitment sectors which is utilised to help grow successful businesses for the clients of Honey Bee Accountancy.