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My Autumn Statement wish list

Hopefully the chancellor has learnt lessons from the ‘omnishambles’ March Budget.

As the rain sweeps in and winter draws closer it's time for the annual pre-Christmas tax festival known these days as the Autumn Statement. This year it will take place on the 5 December swiftly followed by an early ‘present’ of the draft Finance Bill 2013.

So if I could wave a magic wand what would I like to see in it? First and foremost I would like to see no surprises. The ‘omnishambles’ of the March Budget where a few tax proposals were put out with no apparent consideration of their operational or practical impact should surely provide the salutary lesson that good legislation comes from good consultation. The swift reversal of the ‘pasty’ tax and the charitable...

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