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Tackle the rising cost of tax and regulation

The UK cannot afford to ignore the climbing costs of doing business


Businesses’ tax contributions play a vital role in funding our schools, hospitals and public services. But when government departments create polices in silos; when taxes and levies continually rise; and complex regulation is introduced without cohesion, it makes it harder and harder to do business in the UK.


The change we’re calling for


The rising costs imposed by government on business affect firms of every size, in every sector and region of the UK. That’s why we’re campaigning for the government to halt further increases in the weight of tax and regulation, and to provide UK organisations with certainty and a single strategy so they can plan for the future.

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    Government departments must stop working in silos and take a holistic approach when taxing and regulating business

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    Halt any further increases in the cumulative burden of tax and regulation on business

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    Establish ways to monitor the rising burden and publish this data on an annual basis

Why does tax have to be so taxing?


The government must ease the burden and protect the economy

For the UK to remain open for business and to retain its reputation as a highly competitive economy, with a world leading tax and regulatory environment, the government must ease the rising costs on business in the UK

  • of businesses think that the level of regulation in the UK is an obstacle to success, according to the 2018 Business Perception Survey

  • of small businesses said that tax administration was a burdensome area of compliance

  • On top of the traditional business taxes, firms pay over 20 ‘other’ taxes. These smaller taxes together make up £33 billion: 17% of all taxes business pays.

The case for alleviating the burden


Here’s the truth about tax: complexity makes it hard for firms to contribute towards society in other impactful ways, and the myth that businesses aren’t paying enough tax is unnecessarily damaging reputations. Find out more about the simple ways government can make improvements to the tax system.

  • Business continues to contribute one-third to all tax revenues

  • UK policy —

    CBI calls for HMRC to reset its relationship with large business

Our progress and impact


The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we're the most influential business organisation in the UK.

    Join the voice of business and help us campaign to reduce the rising burden of tax and regulation.

  • Have your say

    Regulation is one key way the government shapes markets and protects consumers and individuals. But often regulation is slow to react to changing market conditions and, when created in silos, adds to the overall burden on business. We're looking for members to attend working groups and provide insights from their sector.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Tax & Regulation team.

    Contact Annie Gascoyne, Director of Economic Policy, to find out more about the burden of tax and regulation on business and how you can help alleviate it.