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Michael Van Clarke’s crusade against hair-raising taxes

Van Clarke reckons it’s time to give his clients a true insight into their salon bills – and their extortionate further tax contributions. Of an average bill of £100, more than £13 makes up VAT, over £26 goes towards staff national insurance and income taxes, and almost £9 to over a dozen other business taxes including; rates, insurance tax, climate levy tax and even landfill tax, adding up to £48 of tax – almost half the bill.

“Most people are totally unaware of their true tax charges,” comments Van Clarke. “Even after the government has taxed our salaries, a massive 41 per cent and rising, plus council taxes, vehicle and TV licence taxes etc, as consumers we’re still subject to further rip-off taxes, almost half of our spendable earnings.

“Effectively, for every £4 we work hard to earn, we’re rewarded with £1 spending power. The rest goes to our shamed government. It’s a scandalous situation, and we hope our full tax receipts will go some way to highlighting the state of affairs!”

Van Clarke is calling on other high-street retailers and businesses to follow his lead by offering full tax receipts to their customers, which factor in not just VAT, but all the taxes a business has to pay to provide a service, based on their last year’s accounts.

“By educating the public on their full tax expenditure under our political masters, we hope to help the cause for constitutional change,” adds Van Clarke.

The country’s top retailers and entrepreneurs will be gathering on Thursday 24 September, 2009 at Touchline to Boardroom, an incredible day bringing together business leadership and football management. Retail guru Archie Norman, BA chairman Martin Broughton and media boss Fru Hazlitt will be joined by the likes of Arsène Wenger OBE, Gianfranco Zola and Stuart Pearce. Book your ticket here.

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