There has been much talk of simplifying the tax system, and this lead to a debate at work. So can we replace every tax we have with a flat rate of income tax, and if so what would that rate concievably be?? Would you pay let say 50% tax if there was no VAT or fuel duty or beer duty etc Fuel at 60p/litre Beer at Â£1:50 /pint every thing you buy cheaper. Benefits to include the reduction in the tax collecting and administering depts of government. Reducing the Welfare bill in line with the new cost of living. (i'd leave pensions alone). Possibly a disinsentive to Benefit migrants to come here for handouts (lower levels of disposable cash) Any thoughts??