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.

Japan launches massive stimulus package
By Alex Hern - 11 January 16:05

Shinzo Abe: Bad guy done good?

New Statesman
Blue plaques hit a brick wall
By Rae Boocock - 08 January 17:43

English Heritage budget cuts threaten the future of London's 150 year old commemorative scheme

Microfinance shouldn't do the government's job
By Carl Packman - 07 January 14:05

It is a requirement of civil society that government obviate the need for payday lenders, writes Carl Packman.

The tax and benefit system is basically broken for couples with children
By Alex Hern - 07 January 11:42

If you wanted to disincentivise work for the poorest, this is how you'd do it.

Fixing the debt ceiling with a trillion dollar platinum coin
By Alex Hern - 04 January 13:16

Make a silly demand, get a silly concession.

Child benefit withdrawal will make it better to work less for families with over seven children
By Alex Hern - 04 January 11:12

And come 2076, that will be the case for every family in the nation.

Japan "nationalises" industrial stock
By Alex Hern - 03 January 17:08

State capitalism, or unconventional fiscal policy?

Inequality is falling, and for once, Cameron would be right to blame Brown
By Alex Hern - 27 December 12:13

Nothing the Government has done will help equality. That's why they're keeping quiet about it.

Don't tax Amazon. Tax Amazon's shareholders
By Alex Hern - 14 December 17:09

Corporations dodge tax. So go for their owners instead.

New Statesman
Don't boycott Google because it's evil. Boycott it because it's terrible
By Alex Hern - 13 December 14:10

Google's dodging taxes. But its worst crime is messing around with search results.

Why Starbucks can't dump its tax bill on the public
By Jonn Elledge - 13 December 12:57

No company, even one as big as Starbucks, can simply decide how much profit it makes.

Osborne will score a financial own-goal tomorrow

The Chancellor, in turning down the chance to implement a Financial Transactions Tax, will cost the UK dearly.

Why aren't we talking about the "disability tax"?
By Alex Hern - 10 December 13:00

The Chancellor presented some pretty unconvincing reasoning in the Autumn Statement.

Is tax just a question of ethics?
By Mike Lewis - 07 December 7:46

In the wake of Starbucks’ tax U-turn, we need to acknowledge that multinationals already choose whether to pay tax or not - and make them pay their fair share.

Why Osborne is wrong to reject property tax reform
By Kayte Lawton - 04 December 15:01

The Chancellor has missed another opportunity to make our tax system fairer and more economically efficient.

The day before the Autumn Statement, everything you need to know about tax in the UK
By Chris Nicholas - 04 December 12:30

Chris Nicholas gives a primer of the state of tax in the UK.

Killer-whale-submarine is awesome, baffling, singlehanded argument for progressive taxation
By Alex Hern - 04 December 11:24

Climb in your metal Orca and breach the sea.

Stupid ideas in tax policy
By Alex Hern - 27 November 18:02

"Let's tax people more than they earn, that'll work."

New Statesman
Now that Cameron supports tax justice, what must he do about it?
By Mike Lewis - 23 November 8:57

We can’t just rely on companies cleaning up their tax affairs. We need international, intergovernmental action on tax justice, and the UK should deliver it.

Scroungers, fraudsters and parasites: how media coverage affects our view of benefit claimants

The public discourse of welfare in the UK seems to be caught in a vicious circle, where the media, politicians and public feed into each other.

New Statesman
Why tax avoidance is like porn
By Alex Hern - 16 November 18:14

I know it when I see it.

Jean-Claude Juncker and Christine Lagarde
IMF and eurozone officials in public clash over Greek debt
By Alex Ward - 14 November 10:11

Troika infighting leaves Greek bailout shrouded in uncertainty.

George Osborne will deliver the Autumn Statement on 5 December.
Osborne will need even-bigger cuts to stick to his plan
By Ian Mulheirn - 13 November 16:37

The Chancellor must find £48bn in extra spending cuts or tax rises to meet his main deficit target.

Greek Protester
Greece passes landmark austerity budget
By Alex Ward - 12 November 14:20

The country now waits on its creditors to save it from imminent bankruptcy.

The fiscal cliff isn't scary except to republicans
The fiscal cliff isn't scary to anyone but Republicans
By Alex Hern - 08 November 13:17

Taxmageddon could be a blessing in disguise.

Capitol Hill
The "Fiscal Cliff" would drag America into certain recession
By Alex Ward - 31 October 17:52

Congress must overcome its partisan rifts.

The living wage and tax
By Alex Hern - 30 October 12:35

Does the living wage provide an argument for ending tax on the lowest paid?