In November 2011 the Government published a paper outlining its plans for reform to income tax and NICs by closer alignment of the two. The current system has been in place for over 60 years and the Government believes that a new system should be introduced that is more in tune with a labour market where multiple employments, part-time working, employment and self-employment and greater international mobility are common.
The Government intends to work with stakeholders over the next few months with a view to identifying high-level options for reform by the time of the 2012 Budget. A discussion document has also been published which sets out ideas for simplifying the administration of personal taxes, by making tax information more accessible to taxpayers. Further details can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk