The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent.
"Tax Freedom Day" comes earlier for the rich than the poor
By John Hood - 28 May 9:53

The day when someone in the richest 10 per cent stops contributing to tax is nearly a month earlier than someone in the poorest 10 per cent. 

Piketty’s theory—right or wrong—is largely unaffected by these results.
That big Financial Times story on errors in Piketty's data is overrated
By Danny Vinik - 26 May 19:17

Piketty’s theory – right or wrong – is largely unaffected by these results.

The UK has more billionaires per head than any other country – which is bad news
By Sophie McBain - 13 May 14:57

Billionaires love Britain. But here are three big reasons why Britain shouldn’t love billionaires. 

The Chancellor's approach could result in a higher than expected deficit.
Osborne's new tax cutting agenda could mean even bigger spending cuts
By George Eaton - 14 April 8:33

The Chancellor's new assumption that tax cuts significantly boost growth could result in a higher than expected deficit. 

nflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k.
Why the Lib Dems' £12,500 tax allowance promise is a smaller pledge than it sounds
By Gavin Kelly - 11 March 9:35

Inflation alone will ensure that the allowance rises to over £11.3k and minimum wage workers will still be paying tax.

The 50p tax isn't going to greatly enrich the treasury - but private pensions will
By Stewart Cowley - 05 February 11:08

Ed Balls's 50p tax is nothing but theatrical politics - pay close attention to the Lifetime Allowance, the cap on pension funds, which has already been lowered and most likely will be again.

Where are Britain's selfless billionaires?
By Jonn Elledge - 28 January 14:50

Rich people in other countries demand they be required to pay higher taxes more often than you might think. So why doesn't Britain have a Warren Buffett or a Bill Gates, willing to pay a little bit more tax for everybody's benefit?

Alistair Darling.
Pegging electoral success to the economy is a risky business - as Alex Salmond is finding out
By Stewart Cowley - 21 January 15:16

The emotive, victory-clutching style of the Yes campaign is at risk of floundering before the cool, hard realities presented by the UK Treasury.

The coalition's over-optimism on tax avoidance could mean more tax rises or cuts
By Arthur Downing - 19 December 15:49

Ministers have pledged to fund policies like the extension of free school meals and the freeze in fuel duty through extra revenue from reducing avoidance. But HMRC is struggling.

New Statesman
Which countries are the most generous at Christmas?
By Sophie McBain - 16 December 12:00

Ireland tops the list, and the Dutch are the stingiest.

We need investment, not cuts, to deal with our fiscal headaches
By Nida Broughton - 03 December 13:01

Rather than using the forecast structural surplus to pay down the national debt, the government should invest it in science, skills and childcare.

Austerity is recreating Disraeli’s 'two nations'
By John Low - 28 November 12:30

New research shows the cuts are biting deepest in the poorest areas in the north and Scotland, with worse to come.

New Statesman
Why Britain is a world leader in financial secrecy
By Sophie McBain - 07 November 10:56

Between $21-32trn of private wealth is kept in tax havens, and Britain is at the very centre of a global financial system that allows the wealthy to avoid tax.

It is in the UK's power to end tax havens
By Murray Worthy - 14 June 11:56

Cameron needs to lead on tax dodging, because he has the power to stop it.

Revealed: why the deficit actually rose today
By George Eaton - 23 April 10:45

Strip out all special factors and total borrowing was £400m higher in 2012-13 than in the previous year.

Snappy comebacks to stupid questions: the eternal undeath of the credit-card analogy
By Alex Hern - 11 March 10:21

How to respond when the prime minister says something simplistic and wrong.

Stephen Hester's magical misdirection: defending RBS's £5bn losses and £679m bonuses
By Alex Andreou - 28 February 15:26

RBS has announced losses of over £5.1bn and bonuses of £679m, after being bailed out by the taxpayer. Through Stephen Hester's sleight of hand, we are expected to believe that this has been a “chastening year” for the bank.

What does a latte tell us about currencies? Very little, actually
By Alex Hern - 22 February 15:32

Purchasing power parity is not the same as the Big Mac Index.

"Brown's mistake" has already been reversed
By Alex Hern - 14 February 12:10

The personal allowance has grown to undo any losses the abolition of the 10p rate inflicted.

The government's "patent box" is the tax avoidance package companies have been begging for
By Tony McKenna - 13 February 13:07

It might incentivise innovation, but it definitely incentivises paying far less tax.

Leaked EU FTT will likely hit the City too, whether we want it or not
By Alex Hern - 30 January 15:24

If you can't beat them, maybe you should think about joining them?

Another Cameron myth: the coalition hasn't reduced the deficit by "a quarter"
By George Eaton - 28 January 11:39

The most recent figures show that current borrowing has fallen by just 6.4 per cent since 2010, while net borrowing has fallen by 18.3 per cent.

Europe moves to a financial transactions tax — will we follow?
By Simon Chouffot - 24 January 11:36

Eleven countries made the decision to introduce a tax on financial transactions yesterday. Simon Chouffot argues we should take heed.

What's the justification for a land value tax?
By Alex Hern - 22 January 10:36

We can't ignore the fact that land is the property of the commons.

CPS to crack down on tax evasion
By Alex Hern - 21 January 11:06

A populist move, which may be less popular than expected.

Goldman Sachs avoiding the 50p rate proves the folly of cutting it too soon
By Alex Hern - 14 January 13:13

The 45p rate gets an artificial boost while 50p is made worse in comparison.

The platinum coin is killed as America careens toward default
By Alex Hern - 14 January 10:50

The platinum coin is dead, long live the debt ceiling.

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