Tax

George Osborne and Ed Balls may find it's in their best interests to stay entirely silent on how they'd plug a black hole in the public finances after 2015. Picture: Getty

Mutually assured silence: a cross-party 2015 election strategy

7 June 2013 16:49

The Institute for Fiscal Studies gave one of its cheering presentations today on quite how miserable things are going to be for a good while longer. Today’s event was on… Continue reading

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The significance of Ed Balls’s speech, and what it means for Ukip

3 June 2013 15:03

Ed Balls’s speech today is significant for two reasons. First, it implied that a Labour government in 2015 would not spend more on current spending. But, rather, it would borrow… Continue reading

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David Cameron with Google boss Eric Schmidt. Picture: Getty

Cameron leaves the goal open for Clegg and Miliband on tax avoidance

22 May 2013 15:35

It’s fashionable to say Downing Street isn’t very good at strategy. So fashionable, in fact, that sometimes journalists worry they’re being unfair to the Tory leadership. But today we saw… Continue reading

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Apple To Report Quarterly Earnings

The West wants chunks of Apple

22 May 2013 11:01

Apple, the world’s friendliest technology company, stands accused of tax avoidance. The fashionable corners of Fleet Street, bless them, are appalled. Isn’t Apple supposed to be in the good business?… Continue reading

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt arriving in Downing Street yesterday. Picture: Getty

Cameron’s tax tightrope

21 May 2013 9:25

David Cameron didn’t spend yesterday wringing his hands in Downing Street about the progress of his gay marriage bill: he was meeting his business advisory group. He allowed Google CEO… Continue reading

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David Cameron leaving the Leveson Inquiry after giving evidence in June. Today he pulled the plug on cross-party talks on the future of press regulation. Picture: Getty

David Cameron and the married couple’s tax allowance

27 April 2013 12:38

The married couple’s tax allowance is back on the agenda. After Conservative Home’s exclusive yesterday, David Cameron has confirmed that he will introduce one before the end of this parliament.… Continue reading

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About that UKIP tax policy…

26 April 2013 9:25

Nigel Farage was on Question Time again last night. This was hardly unusual, but what was interesting was that the UKIP leader U-turned on one of his flagship policies. When… Continue reading

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David Cameron is apparently 'relaxed' about the idea of his tax affairs being published, so relaxed, in fact, that he doesn't seem to be doing much about it. Picture: Carla Millar

Tax transparency: Cameron says relax

15 April 2013 12:48

When dolphins hunt fish, they gang up on them as a school, chasing them into the shallows. So it happens at the daily lobby briefing: when a morsel of a… Continue reading

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Tories go on tax offensive

6 April 2013 9:34

It’s 45p day in Westminster, and Ed Balls is trying to make the most of the end of a 50p rate his own party only imposed for a month or… Continue reading

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Independent Scotland: neoliberal nirvana or Scandinavian paradise?

2 April 2013 13:37

So, an independent Scotland. Neoliberal nirvana or Scandinavian paradise? True, these are not the only choices available but as a useful shorthand for the size of the state and its… Continue reading

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Council tax increases, but might councils spend more wisely?

1 April 2013 11:27

One development that IDS and George Osborne did not dwell upon in their Telegraph piece mentioned earlier was council tax, which, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is due to… Continue reading

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The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

Osborne and IDS promise a ‘better deal’ for working families. But a better deal is not necessarily a good deal

1 April 2013 10:36

As Fraser says, the welfare changes, cuts to legal aid and so forth, which have come into force today, have got a universal thumbs-down in the left-wing press. I expect… Continue reading

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Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

The Scottish Tories Cross Their Rubicon

26 March 2013 13:00

Alea iacta est. And not before time. More than a year ago and at the outbreak of this independence referendum virus I wrote an article for this magazine arguing that,… Continue reading

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Just cutting spending isn’t enough. Osborne needs to invest as well

21 March 2013 15:13

Economic growth for the next year is predicted to be lower than 1.0%. I can’t think, offhand, or a more obvious indication that the Chancellor is gripped by some sort… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

Budget 2013: Ed Balls sticks to his favourite 50p attack

20 March 2013 17:49

Ed Balls has just given his post-Budget briefing in parliament. The striking thing about Balls, no matter how much you might disagree with him, is how much he relishes these… Continue reading

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How the Treasury could sell its tax cuts to voters

19 March 2013 16:25

One of the big challenges for the government in tomorrow’s Budget is how well the Number 10 machine is able to sell some of the positive measures that George Osborne… Continue reading

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Forget 50p — scrap the 60p tax rate

12 March 2013 14:50

Imagine if a Chancellor stood up and announced that those earning up to £100,000 would pay a 40p tax rate, those earning £100,000 to £112,950 will pay a 60p rate,… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox shows David Cameron how to lead the Tories to a historic defeat

11 March 2013 15:27

I think it is fair to say that Dr Liam Fox has never been one of David Cameron’s chief chums. The former Defence Secretary has, as Paul Goodman notes, been… Continue reading

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Lib Dems to hold mansion tax vote strategy meeting

9 March 2013 10:44

Will the Lib Dems support Labour’s mansion tax vote? Vince Cable praised his pet policy idea last night, telling Lib Dem activists that it was an effective way of the… Continue reading

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Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Visits Riverlight Development

Revolting, Panic-Stricken Tories are doing Ed Miliband's job for him

5 March 2013 13:24

Panic, once let loose, is hard to corral. And there seems to be plenty of panic on the Tory benches at Westminster. The Eastleigh by-election result, the stagnant economy and… Continue reading

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The Adam Smith Institute predicted that if Vince Cable got his way and capital gains tax rates were increased to match income tax rates, the Treasury would not make anything out of it. Picture: Getty

The government must cut or even scrap capital gains tax

26 February 2013 18:42

When economists get things wrong– something rather easy, given the nature of their subject – they should admit that they got them wrong. Well, the Adam Smith Institute got it… Continue reading

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Tinkering with tax isn’t enough

22 February 2013 15:04

Should the 10p tax rate be brought back? Should the top rate be higher, or lower? Can the personal allowance be raised further? Is a mansion tax a good idea?… Continue reading

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Big Brother cash machine campaign costs nearly £100k

22 February 2013 11:00

Remember those menacing HMRC eyes that Fraser found staring out at him from a cashpoint last month? Well, it turns out they’re a pretty expensive pair of eyes. A Freedom… Continue reading

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George Osborne needs to deliver serious tax reform

21 February 2013 16:01

‘Isn’t there a case for looking at the whole system at some point?’ whispered Isabel on Tuesday when MPs criticised the taxman again. Well, yes, there is. Last May, the… Continue reading

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Lib Dems get worked up about a vote that doesn’t matter

20 February 2013 9:01

It seems I rather underestimated Labour when I said their forthcoming Opposition Day vote on the mansion tax would be boring and unlikely to attract any Lib Dem support. The… Continue reading

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