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Richard Teather
3 August 2016
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In an earlier blog post I looked at some of the tax reforms that could help reposition the UK as a dynamic economy, open to growth and innovation. Those reforms were primarily directed at the...
Richard Teather
25 July 2016
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Shortly before being sacked, George Osborne announced a plan to reduce the UK’s corporation tax rate to less than 15%, challenging Ireland at 12.5%. It is not yet known whether Philip Hammond...
Ryan Bourne
13 July 2016
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The statement was, at best, ambiguous. Its political consequences more profound. George Osborne said he will not hit his target for a budget surplus by 2020. Was this just a judgement that Brexit...
Richard Teather
28 June 2016
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The opinion polls were wrong again; Brexit has won (and as a Lancastrian I was delighted to see the North stay solid for out).  But now the hard work begins of building alternative structures,...
Richard Teather
20 May 2016
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Oxfam has organised a letter, signed by over 300 economists, calling for a crack-down on tax avoidance. But what of Oxfam’s own tax practices?  Some of them look remarkably like tax...
Richard Teather
13 May 2016
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In an Oxfam-coordinated letter, 355 economists claim that tax havens “serve no useful economic purpose” and do “not add to overall global wealth or well-being”. I once made...
Philip Booth
10 May 2016
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Yesterday, 355 economists signed a letter co-ordinated by Oxfam arguing that tax havens have “no useful purpose”. There are some luminaries among the signatories. Angus Deaton, winner of...
Len Shackleton
13 April 2016
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The Prime Minister’s decision to open his tax returns to public scrutiny, while understandable, sets a precedent we may come to regret. However entertaining it is to see our leaders squirm...
Ryan Bourne
12 April 2016
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"A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” This quotation has been attributed to a whole range of undesirable people, from Goebbels to Lenin. But in the case of the discussion of...
Diego Zuluaga
31 March 2016
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The lack of meaningful reform of business taxation is one of the great failures of recent governments. But with public pressure mounting, MPs will soon have to move beyond headline-grabbing at...
Daran Sarma
24 March 2016
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There are a myriad of reasons for merging National Insurance (NI) with income tax in a revenue neutral manner. It is an obvious and a much discussed way to simplifying the tax regime yet no...
Ryan Bourne
23 March 2016
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It's all about fairness, that slippery, subjective term which dominates so much of our political discourse. Following his resignation from the Cabinet on Friday, Iain Duncan Smith spent much of...
Philip Booth
21 March 2016
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I have nothing to say either in support of or in opposition to the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. There are so many issues tied up in the debate about this decision that it seems perfectly...
Ryan Bourne
16 March 2016
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It's what the great economist Milton Friedman described as “the tyranny of the status quo”. Every Budget week, we hear lots about the so-called “losers” of expected...
Len Shackleton
11 March 2016
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That grandly Dickensian-sounding outfit, the Office of Tax Simplification, has recommended merging national insurance and income tax. This proposal, first mooted as long ago as 1943, has been...
Daran Sarma
15 February 2016
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David Ricardo termed unearned income from land as a pernicious anomaly: “that portion of the produce of the earth which is paid to the landlord for the use of the original and indestructible...
Anders Ydstedt
20 January 2016
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In 2004 the Swedish inheritance tax and gift tax was abolished by a unanimous vote in the Riksdag. In a new book ”Ten years without the Swedish inheritance tax. Mourned by no one – missed...
Ryan Bourne
18 January 2016
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Words like “fairness” and “justice” are regularly thrown around with little thought to what they mean. Strangely, though, the politicians who use them seem to be unwilling to...
Ryan Bourne
12 January 2016
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Rumours abound that the government is secretly quite keen on imposing a new tax on sugary drinks, to attempt to combat obesity. There are strong arguments against such a proposal. These taxes hit the...
Christopher Snowdon
12 January 2016
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Stephen Bubb, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), has written an article for the Telegraph opposing government proposals to extend the Freedom of...