Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Tax

Parties listed alphabetically

  • Will not increase income tax in the next assembly term
  • Cut business rates for small firms
  • Reform present council tax system into a domestic property tax
  • Introduce a middle rate of income tax
  • Oppose tax raising powers in Wales unless passed by a majority in a public referendum
  • Support reductions in council tax wherever possible
  • Advocate a lower-tax, and simpler-tax, society
  • Campaign for benefits system to be ultimately replaced with a "citizen's income"
  • Use subsidies and tax breaks to incentivise development in waste sector
  • Tax companies for the disposal of their packaging waste
  • Cut income tax for Welsh taxpayers
  • Abolish stamp duty for first-time buyers on all properties valued up to £250,000
  • Enable a Wales-wide council tax freeze for the duration of the assembly term
  • Abolish business rates for all small firms with a rateable value of up to £12,000, and provide tapered relief up to £15,000
  • Guarantee not to increase income tax in the next assembly term when these powers are devolved
  • Tax cuts for all small businesses
  • Introduce an "independent evaluation lock" on any tax variation through new taxation powers
  • Cut council tax for energy efficiency homes
  • Ensure business rates drive positive investment and support economic growth
  • Pledge not to increase income tax and aim to reduce burden for lowest paid first
  • Introduce an incineration tax to further encourage recycling

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