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  • Tax Simplifier 14: Tax and multinationals

    Tax Simplifier 14: Tax and multinationals

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on tax reform. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.There has been much outrage in the ...
  • Are we there yet?

    Are we there yet?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Westminster has gone quiet in the past week as Members of Parliament and their staff ...
  • Tax Simplifier 13: Tax Reform - We are losing an opportunity

    Tax Simplifier 13: Tax Reform - We are losing an opportunity

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on capital allowances. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Tax reform typically creates winners and losers.Whilst ...
  • The Royal Baby, succession and “equality”

    The Royal Baby, succession and “equality”

    Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son, our future King. The past 24 hours have shown the power of the UK monarchy as an institution which has stood the test of time. And, it has to be said, it has also shown the ...
  • A baby’s birth doesn't guarantee republicans airtime

    A baby’s birth doesn't guarantee republicans airtime

    Naturally you would expect republican blues at a time of joyous national celebration of the monarchy - we’ve seen it all before when the vast majority of the nation (and much of the world) went wild for the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee.But there is a different kind of melancholy ...
  • A Return to Conventional Monetary Policy Will Kill off the Case for Fiscal Stimulus

    A Return to Conventional Monetary Policy Will Kill off the Case for Fiscal Stimulus

    Oliver Latham | | Economy
    One of the big insights of macroeconomics in the last 40 years or so is that, where possible, demand management is best left to monetary rather than fiscal policy. Incredibly, this reasoning successfully permeated the thinking of policy makers in this country and elsewhere.The only time you will find any ...
  • Tax Simplifier 12: Abolish the Capital Allowances system

    Tax Simplifier 12: Abolish the Capital Allowances system

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on Stamp Duty Land Tax. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Capital allowances help the cash ...
  • The OBR forecasts and assumptions show the scale of our fiscal challenge

    The OBR forecasts and assumptions show the scale of our fiscal challenge

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Each year, the Office for Budget Responsibility publishes a 50-year forecast in order to gauge the long-term sustainability of the UK public finances. I know, I know. Given how accurate our five year forecasts are, a 50 year forecast is little more than an exercise in mental masturbation. But I ...
  • The only way is Heathrow

    The only way is Heathrow

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. Not a day goes by without a politician, economist or commentator ...
  • Tax Simplifier 11: Stamp Duty Land Tax - A suitable case for treatment

    Tax Simplifier 11: Stamp Duty Land Tax - A suitable case for treatment

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on green taxes on cars. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.The current rates of stamp ...
  • The Mirror splash on tax rates is just silly

    The Mirror splash on tax rates is just silly

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The Daily Mirror splash this morning, suggesting that the poor pay more in tax as a proportion of income than the rich, was one of the most misleading things I have ever read.Gross income, the denominator in their calculations, includes cash benefits. Indirect taxes paid includes things bought with these ...
  • Tax Simplifier 10: Green taxes on cars

    Tax Simplifier 10: Green taxes on cars

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    This is the tenth blog in a programme of recommendations for tax simplicity from CPS Tax Expert and Research Fellow David Martin. The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per ...
  • Let's embolden teachers to expose our children to dangerous radical ideas

    Let's embolden teachers to expose our children to dangerous radical ideas

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    Tom Burkard is an education expert, CPS author, Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby and co-founder of the Phoenix Free School. So it's to be kings and queens again: but will the next generation understand the Sellar and Yeatman masterpiece, 1066 and all that? Michael Gove's instincts may ...
  • The progressivity of UK taxes and transfers

    The progressivity of UK taxes and transfers

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The progressivity of UK taxes and transfersLast year, we produced some analysis of ONS data which showed just how progressive the UK welfare state is. Remember, we can only really judge this by looking at all functions of ‘the welfare state’, which was envisaged not just to provide a safety ...
  • Tax Simplifier 9: A Mansion Tax

    Tax Simplifier 9: A Mansion Tax

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    This is the ninth blog in a programme of recommendations for tax simplicity from CPS Tax Expert and Research Fellow David Martin. The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per ...