Scotland debates independent tax system

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Taxes in Scotland could rise by £1,000 per person per year if it leaves the UK, the British government has claimed, after the Scottish government published its white paper on independence this week.

But according to one expert, the tax system of an independent Scotland would most likely be similar to the current one run by Westminster.  

Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat Chief Treasury Secretary, said Treasury analysis suggested millions of taxpayers would pay more if Scotland voted for independence in next year's referendum.

In a letter to first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, Alexander wrote that the Treasury calculated an 8% increase in the basic...

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27th Nov 2013 19:45

No surprise really
With an relatively unhealthy population and more generous health and social care provisions north of the border an independent Scotland would have to significantly increase taxes. Us folks in England won't be subsidising you post devolution.

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