We can’t (tax) cut our way out of the tax credit problem

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Welfare & Tax Reform

When it comes to this April’s tax credit cuts we’re now swiftly approaching t‎he point where everyone accepts there is a problem, and starts to ask the real question – what is the solution? ‎ Forthcoming work from the Resolution Foundation will look at the issue in detail, but it’s worth sketching out the parameters … Continued

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How far apart are the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on fiscal policy: could the coalition renew its vows?

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Fiscal Choices

Recently we looked at the degree of potential overlap between Labour and Liberal Democrat fiscal plans, and found that the parties are not as far apart as might first be assumed. In this second note, we consider the relative positions of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. The Conservative goal appears relatively straightforward: they want to … Continued

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Who will benefit from the tax break for married couples?

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Welfare & Tax Reform

Universal Credit means that married couples with children will only receive a small proportion of the gains David Cameron’s announcement of a marriage tax allowance has attracted significant interest. The policy will make £1,000 of personal income tax allowance transferable between adults who are married or in a civil partnership, provided the higher earner is … Continued

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Higher income tax thresholds won’t benefit the lowest-paid

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Welfare & Tax Reform

No manifesto for 2015 will be complete without a promise of a tax cut. Yesterday we got our first glimpse of what the Tories might offer. Senior party figures say they want to raise the personal allowance to £12,500, matching a pledge made by the Liberal Democrats. Ministers have pitched the higher allowance as a … Continued

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