Tax

Reflections on writing about welfare

20 July 2017 14:44

Earlier this week I made my first foray into writing for Coffee House about the interactions between the tax and…

The tax trap: why a £70k family isn’t much wealthier than a minimum wage family

18 July 2017 10:15

Among the many points of contention that arose during the election was Labour’s declaration that people earning more than £70k…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

What the papers say: Is it time for a tax hike?

29 June 2017 8:18

The 48 per cent have spoken – and they want higher taxes, according to the British Social Attitudes survey. In…

gin spirit

It’s gin o’clock for HMRC as Mother’s Ruin boosts the coffers

5 June 2017 11:23

Not since the days of William Hogarth has Mother’s Ruin featured so prominently in the national consciousness. In the 21st…

Do we trust politicians to solve our financial problems? Of course not

8 May 2017 12:27

Do we trust politicians? Is that the same as asking if we trust estate agents, door-to-door salesmen or, er, journalists?…

Why your next car will cost you more: reforms mean higher costs for motorists

8 March 2017 11:46

The beginning of March marks the start of car buying season with drivers keen to snap up a motor with…

What can we expect to see in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget?

7 March 2017 12:59

After this week, the centrepiece of the financial year is being shunted to the Autumn. Good news, no doubt, for…

Is the UK non-dom the modern dodo? New rules may push it to the brink of extinction

25 January 2017 13:08

The jig may finally be up for Britain’s non-doms. After years of having it all this beleaguered elite are in…

Just 19 days left to file your tax return: here’s what to do

12 January 2017 11:52

There are just 19 dreary January days left to complete your online self-assessment tax return and – here’s the important…

Christine Lagarde’s conviction could play into the hands of the National Front

19 December 2016 18:54

When Christine Lagarde stood before the Court of Justice of the Republic last week to defend herself against charges of…

VAT: a back door money spinner that generates billions for the government

13 December 2016 11:23

If conspiracy theorists turned their attention to the economy rather than, I don’t know, aliens or Hillary Clinton, surely it…

Are Apple disrupting the tax system?

30 August 2016 20:41

Reading this week about the European Commission’s verdict that Apple should pay €13 billion in back taxes to Ireland (even…

Tax cuts are what we need, not interest rate tinkering

14 July 2016 10:35

The national obsession with the Bank of England base rate is beginning to make my blood boil. If low interest…

Why you should care about a little-known pensions rule

29 June 2016 10:12

When you were a young child, did you ever throw away the packed lunch provided by your parents, then go…

The case for lowering taxes

3 June 2016 9:00

There’s a saying that when you tax something, you get less of it. Sometimes, this is a good thing. The…

The Spectator podcast: tax vs sex

16 April 2016 9:30

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or follow us on SoundCloud. After the row over tax returns,…

Government U-turn on granny flat tax

14 April 2016 10:39

Since the start of April, anyone buying a home with a granny flat could have found themselves hit by an…

I confess it all… I’ve been dodging tax since the age of eight

13 April 2016 12:44

As someone who still entertains hope of becoming a member of Parliament one day, I’d better come clean about my…

Forget David Cameron – I want to know about Wayne Rooney’s tax return

13 April 2016 12:14

While we’re on the subject of taxes, what about footballers? That’s a question often put up by bankers accused of…

Today in audio: PM branded ‘dodgy Dave’ as tax row rumbles on

11 April 2016 17:26

David Cameron has been defending himself in the Commons following the publication of his tax return. He said he found…

Osborne and Corbyn publish their tax returns – but are they any more interesting than the PMs?

11 April 2016 16:25

George Osborne and Jeremy Corbyn have now both followed in the Prime Minister’s footsteps by publishing details of their tax…

The Coffee House podcast: David Cameron’s tax headache

11 April 2016 15:24

David Cameron has bowed down to pressure by publishing his tax return and now the Chancellor has done the same.…

Cameron’s handling of the tax row means it won’t go away any time soon

11 April 2016 10:24

David Cameron will give a statement in the Commons addressing the row about his tax arrangements, with George Osborne expected…