Tax

To be or not to be married?

10 September 2011 16:33

My name is Siobhan Courtney and I am a very happily unmarried mother with a five month old son. But…

50p tax isn’t just hurting the economy, but Treasury revenues too

7 September 2011 15:25

So where were these 20 economists when Gordon Brown first set the 50p trap for George Osborne? Then, Brown’s gamble…

Punish the rich, hurt everybody

1 September 2011 9:26

This week’s issue of The Spectator, out today (and available for only £1 an issue here), dwells on the new…

Tobin’s folly

18 August 2011 10:55

The Eurozone Tobin tax announced on Tuesday by Merkel and Sarkozy is intended to reduce market volatility. It could have…

Brown still hovers over the 50p tax debate

5 August 2011 15:05

A number of papers report today that George Osborne is minded to replace the 50p tax with Gordon Brown’s original…

The OBR warns of a fiscal storm

13 July 2011 16:09

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s 126-page Fiscal Sustainability Report really oughtn’t make for electrifying reading. But it does. What Robert…

Major proposals on the future of Scotland

10 July 2011 12:27

There have long been suspicions in Westminster that David Cameron uses John Major as an out rider, the last Tory…

Whipping up a storm

29 June 2011 15:58

The mini Tory rebellion last night, 15 Tory MPs voted to allow couples to transfer their personal tax allowance, has…

It’s not just about public sector pensions

19 June 2011 17:42

The bustle around public sector pensions has obscured an equally significant, pensions-related story today: the Sunday Telegraph’s claim that George…

Cameron takes on bad dads

19 June 2011 10:03

It’s Fathers’ Day today — and David Cameron is marking it with an extraordinary attack on those dads who are…

Your three-point guide to today’s Ed Balls files

11 June 2011 10:25

Less soap opera, and more policy grit, in today’s batch of Ed Balls files. There is, for instance, a lot…

Who cares about immigration? (Or education?)

12 May 2011 12:39

Who cares about immigration? In theory, everyone. It’s always mentioned as the policy that exercises voters but is ignored by…

Winners and losers

6 April 2011 9:09

The birds chirruping in the sunlight clearly didn’t get Ed Balls’s memo. Otherwise they’d know that today is “Black Wednesday,”…

Osborne’s Black Gold Populism

30 March 2011 13:46

James is right to draw attention to the problems arising from the coalition’s decision to hike taxes on oil companies.…

The yellow bird of liberty stretches its wings

30 March 2011 9:17

Remember when Nick Clegg said that the coalition was shuffling into a new phase? One where his party would would…

Osborne gets his man

24 March 2011 8:41

So Martin Sorrell is set to move WPP back to Britain. This was always part of Osborne’s Budget plan, as…

Is 40% the "basic rate" of income tax?

23 March 2011 11:54

MPs are pretty out of touch, of course, clueless about the way “ordinary people” live. That’s what we’re supposed to…

Budget morning

23 March 2011 9:03

George Osborne couldn’t really have expected a much better set of newspaper covers than the one before him this morning.…

Osborne’s grand merger?

17 March 2011 9:11

George Osborne’s Budget — his plan to deliver us from “rescue to recovery,” apparently — is less than a week…

What price a fuel duty stabiliser?

25 February 2011 9:30

Last we heard, the government was considering what it should, and could, do to suppress rising fuel prices. I wonder…

Osborne shouldn’t spend the extra money

22 February 2011 11:47

Lucky old George Osborne. The British economy is not in “meltdown,” but churning out tax revenue like a fruit machine.…

Bad banking

19 February 2011 10:28

No wonder the banks like Britain’s corporation tax regime. This morning’s newspapers all tell that Barclays paid just £113m in…

Ten things you need to know about the IFS Green Budget

2 February 2011 14:20

An exciting day for policy freaks and numbers geeks: the Institute for Fiscal Studies has released its latest Green Budget,…

Osborne’s tax headache

1 February 2011 11:37

No doubt about it, George Osborne is being pulled in two directions ahead of the Budget. There are those, such…

What are Osborne’s options?

31 January 2011 13:14

One of the most eyecatching political reports of the weekend was squirrelled away on page 16 (£) of the Sunday…