The Chancellor may have one arm tied behind his back, but there are still tax levers he can pull

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Public Finances and the Economy, Tax and Welfare

How can a government with a tenuous majority, an intra-party feud and Brexit uncertainty find the money to ‘end austerity’ on top of more than £20 billion a year it has promised for the NHS? The safe bet is that it won’t find anywhere near all of it in the Budget. This can – like … Continued

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No, the poorest don’t pay higher taxes than the richest

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Incomes and Inequality

We all know that parts of the tax system are very progressive – and this should be very apparent in the Autumn Statement when the Chancellor unveils perhaps £10 billion of tax rises that will target the wealthy. But wait, some say, when you factor in taxes such as VAT it’s actually poorer households that … Continued

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