Raise corporation tax to save struggling high street, bosses urge

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The Treasury should increase corporation tax to fund a business rates cut for high street retailers, a new government-commissioned report has said.

The Retail Sector Council – co-chaired by Kelly Tolhurst, minister for small businesses, consumers and corporate responsibility – will recommend that corporation tax should rise 2% to help relieve bricks-and-mortar stores from business rates tax, according to Sky News.

The increase would raise roughly £6bn annually by 2022-23 and will be put forward as part of the council’s report to Whitehall in the coming weeks. 

A source told Sky News the Retail Sector Council will make a dozen recommendations including VAT reform and transparency around property and tax costs.

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