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How the government funds public spending – and by how much – are crucial questions for the economy and for inequality. With regular changes in the tax system, our work looks at the implications of new ideas. We also make our own proposals to make taxes both fairer and more reflective of the big trends in society.

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Adam Corlett

Senior Economic Analyst
T: 020 3372 2983
E: adam.corlett@resolutionfoundation.org
Publications

The shifting shape of UK tax

Charting the changing size and shape of the UK tax system

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Ahead of the general election, this report looks at how and why levels of UK taxation have changed over time; how its make-up has shifted; the challenges facing the tax…
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Events

A taxing election

Do the parties’ tax plans match up to the needs of modern Britain?

At an event at its Westminster offices, the Resolution Foundation presented new analysis on the changing shape of the UK’s system, and the main parties’ tax plans. Panel including Edward…
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Publications

The huge Brexit Party tax cut for rich remain areas

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In this paper we examine the policy of abolishing inheritance tax, the new top priority announced by the Brexit Party. We find that the proposal would amount to an expensive…
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After Brexit the UK could cut VAT on energy – but should it?

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During the EU referendum, one of Vote Leave’s promises was that “fuel bills will be lower for everyone”. Specifically, Boris Johnson and others argued that: “In 1993, VAT on household…
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Tax cuts for the rich is not the answer to the questions 21st century Britain is asking

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Politics is about answering the question the country is asking at that time, and in that place. Context matters. This fact seems to have escaped the notice of a number…
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New year, new era: tax and spend in 21st Century Britain

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Eras of Britain’s political economy come and go. They ebb and flow, driven by political and economic cycles. Sometimes shifts are hard to see at the time, particularly when they…
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How wealth taxes can raise billions more without scaring any horses

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Raising taxes is never easy. Raising taxes with the government’s slim parliamentary majority is harder still. Raising taxes on wealth in those circumstances, given our diverging senses of fairness is… …
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The Chancellor may have one arm tied behind his back, but there are still tax levers he can pull

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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…
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