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Osborne’s tax avoidance clampdown

10 April 2012 9:40

So, George Osborne has taken a look at the tax arrangements of some of the UK’s wealthiest people. And his reaction? ‘Shocked’, apparently — or so he’s told the Telegraph:… Continue reading

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Has Osborne fully considered his transparency promise?

7 April 2012 17:02

Will Osborne come to regret his new-found transparency zeal? This week’s saga from the London Mayoral candidates highlights how financial disclosures can not be all they seem. For Osborne to… Continue reading

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The implications of today’s tax releases

5 April 2012 16:34

I suspect that three important consequences will flow from the release today of the London mayoral candidates tax returns. First, voters will see that Boris Johnson’s rage at Ken Livingstone… Continue reading

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Transcript: Balls vs Alexander on tax credits

5 April 2012 15:06

On the Today programme this morning, Ed Balls aired his criticisms of the government’s tax credit changes — which come in tomorrow. He was followed by Danny Alexander, who emphasised… Continue reading

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How much tax do the mayoral candidates pay?

5 April 2012 14:06

So, Ken has now released his tax details. He hasn’t gone as far as Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick, who’s published his full tax returns for the past three years.… Continue reading

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Is Ken done for?

5 April 2012 12:34

Last night, during their television debate, all four London Mayoral candidates declared they would fully disclose their tax returns. This morning, Boris, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones have duly done… Continue reading

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Balls goes on the attack over tax credits

5 April 2012 9:49

After all the commotion about various policies in last month’s Budget, the focus this morning has shifted to measures announced back in 2010. Why? Because they take effect tomorrow. So… Continue reading

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The politics of pasties

28 March 2012 18:00

The row over the so-called pasty tax is a proxy. It is really a row about whether David Cameron and George Osborne get what it is like to worry about… Continue reading

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Revealed: the grey recovery

28 March 2012 17:38

Are pensioners doing their bit for the recovery? The agenda of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has arisen in response to the idea that they are not, and ought to be taxed more.… Continue reading

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A plan that could change the face of future Budgets

28 March 2012 13:56

‘I’ve never seen a government document with a Laffer curve in it before’, declared Ed Balls last week. Well it looks like he might be seeing a lot more of… Continue reading

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What did the public make of the Budget?

23 March 2012 13:11

After weeks of hearing what people think about the policies that Osborne might’ve adopted, we now have the first evidence of what they make of the Budget itself. Today’s YouGov… Continue reading

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Osborne needs to speed up

23 March 2012 9:25

Will the Budget make a difference? Nowadays, we have a quick and easy guide: Box 3.1 from the Office for Budget Responsibility — otherwise known as the ‘blind bit of difference’… Continue reading

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Another voice: Pensioners ought to contribute more

22 March 2012 18:09

The pensioner lobby has been predictably and tiresomely strident about George Osborne’s ‘granny tax’. Ros Altmann, Director-General of Saga, called the move to bring pensioners’ tax allowances into line with… Continue reading

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The IFS gives its Budget verdict

22 March 2012 16:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ briefing is always a good place to pick up a few interesting nuggets of detail about the Budget — and this year’s is no exception.… Continue reading

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Soak the Old

22 March 2012 14:25

So George Osborne has received a kicking in today’s press. That’s what happens when you try to disguise a tax-raising budget as a tax-cutting affair. This is also a fine… Continue reading

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Transcript: Osborne defends his Budget

22 March 2012 13:09

Here’s the full transcript of this morning’s Today programme interview with George Osborne: Evan Davis: If you believe in using the tax system to cut the incomes of those at… Continue reading

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Why Osborne saved Wallace and Gromit

22 March 2012 12:18

‘It is the determined policy of this government to keep Wallace and Gromit exactly where they are.’ So proclaimed George Osborne in his Budget speech yesterday, as he announced new… Continue reading

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Osborne hopes business will see past the bad headlines

22 March 2012 9:37

Today’s front pages concentrate on the so-called ‘granny tax’, the surprise of the Budget. But the real test of this Budget is going to be whether it delivers growth. If… Continue reading

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Balls goes on the attack against 45p

21 March 2012 17:35

Ed Balls committed Labour to voting against the reduction in the 50p rate at his post-Budget briefing. But he wouldn’t say whether or not Labour would pledge to restore it… Continue reading

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All that matters now is growth

21 March 2012 17:10

With every Budget, the early Cameron emphasis on greenery and General Well Being not Gross Domestic Product seems a more distant memory. Today’s Budget showed that, to Osborne at least,… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are happy with what they got

21 March 2012 16:35

This Budget told us something interesting about the coalition: that there’s more juice left in it than some of us thought. Judging by recent coalition tensions, one might have expected… Continue reading

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Behind Osborne’s 50p tax change

21 March 2012 16:13

How significant was this Budget? On an economic level, not very. There’s no discernible impact on growth: all of the main forecasts have more or less stayed the same since… Continue reading

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Twelve points about the Budget

21 March 2012 15:19

There’s much to applaud in this budget, but as ever we in Coffee House are focusing on things jumping out from the small print. Here are a few things I’ve… Continue reading

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A fistful of questions on Budget morning

21 March 2012 8:36

Thanks to Budget purdah, we’re all in the dark about what will be in George Osborne’s Red Book today. Oh, sorry, that’s wrong, don’t know what I was thinking. Truth… Continue reading

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More advance snippets from the Budget

20 March 2012 23:41

The big Budget news tonight is that the personal allowance will rise to £9,205. This is a larger increase than expected and, intriguingly, will be paid for — in part… Continue reading

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