taxes

We should salute the very rich who stay onshore and pay their taxes

1 February 2019 11:20

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

The American tax system is a one-way street

14 March 2018 18:20

Last week, the New York Times ran a very un-New-York-Times-y article, ‘Resentment Grows Over Who Gets Health Care Aid’. It contrasts two…

Morality seems to have evolved as much in taxation as it has in flirtation

13 November 2017 16:47

What would a perfect tax system look like? For companies, profit taxes should be competitively low, to encourage inward investment,…

Government rows back on plans to raise probate fees

21 April 2017 12:02

‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ This famous quote, attributed to Benjamin…

Student loans are taxes in disguise, exclusive research for Spectator Money reveals

9 June 2016 10:42

It’s ten years since I graduated and I’ve just managed to clear my student loan, which isn’t a bad achievement…

How Vote Leave plan to persuade the electorate that there are real risks to staying in the EU

28 May 2016 10:31

The IN campaign’s plan for victory in this EU referendum is relatively simple.  ‘Do you want the status quo or…

Death and taxes: HM Revenue & Customs can’t even get that right

9 May 2016 10:33

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is unlikely to be your favourite government department. But you have to pity the poor bean counters.…

A sugar tax would be (another) tax on the poor

22 October 2015 18:22

The fat man of Europe is getting fatter. His teeth are rotting from the sugar in his coke and chocolates. He…

Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33

On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ’emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why…

Exclusive: Where the next generation of MPs think the burden of cuts should fall

16 April 2015 16:16

What do the next generation of MPs think with regards to public services, government spending and taxes? Coffee House has…

Ten things you need to know about Labour’s manifesto

13 April 2015 15:45

Labour has launched its election manifesto in Manchester today, entitled ‘Britain can be better’. The document (pdf here) includes some…

The British economic recovery, in 12 graphs

23 January 2015 14:48

Everything seems to be falling into place ahead of the election for the Tories. Today’s data shows high street spending…

Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of…

‘Unfunded tax cuts’: a verbal disease from America

7 October 2014 19:54

The notion of ‘unfunded tax cuts’ seems set to be a central theme in next year’s election. David Cameron’s promise last week to raise…

Tories vs Labour tax row continues

16 July 2014 15:39

Labour has now reviewed the Harriet Harman interview on LBC in which she said ‘I think people on middle incomes…

A pound of state benefits has less impact than a pound from independent earnings

13 June 2014 10:08

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)  published a paper on Wednesday comparing a range of policies to help low paid workers.…

Budget 2014: George Osborne’s pensions revolution

19 March 2014 14:27

This will take a while to sink in – we simply have never seen this before in a Budget. George…

George Osborne readies his tax dividing line

16 March 2014 11:08

George Osborne was on Andrew Marr this morning announcing support for a new garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent and…

Tory activists are feeling more confident. What about the Lib Dems?

30 July 2013 17:21

A Conservative Home poll, which found that a majority of activists believe that the coalition is good for Britain, is…