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  1. July 24, 2014

    Why tax systems are trickier than Martian algebra

    Tax is a divisive subject but everyone seems to agree on one point: taxes are too complicated and should be simpler....

  2. May 13, 2014

    Chancellors make tax complicated and inefficient, says IFS chief

    George Osborne and his predecessors are accused of making the tax system “more complicated, less efficient and less...

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  1. March 20, 2014

    IFS criticises George Osborne for Budget ‘bad habits’

    The chancellor is taking risks with his own deficit reduction programme by using temporary measures to finance permanent tax...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Budget 2014: Economists’ views

    Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies This Budget will be remembered for some radical changes to the taxation of...

  3. December 6, 2013

    Autumn Statement 2013: ‘Little left to squeeze’ warns IFS

    There will soon be little “left to squeeze” in the public sector, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned ministers. The...

  4. October 7, 2013

    Scottish engineering innovation leads global oil industry

    The North Sea presents oil producers with some of their biggest challenges. Aside from conditions on the surface – churning...

  5. June 27, 2013

    Osborne criticised for ‘woeful’ delivery

    The UK’s leading think-tank on fiscal policy has criticised the chancellor of the exchequer for the “woeful” presentation of...

  6. June 26, 2013

    IFS chief warns of UK tax rises ahead

    The British government is likely to raise taxes after the next election as it struggles to cut public spending further, the...

  7. May 16, 2013

    Statistics watchdog announces review of inflation measure

    The UK Statistics Authority announced a fundamental review of the measurement of inflation on Thursday, following its...

  8. February 6, 2013

    Spending cuts will change UK, says IFS

    Government plans to slash departmental spending after the election look “very hard to deliver” and would dramatically change...

  9. January 8, 2013

    Tories turn heat on better-off pensioners

    Britain’s wealthy pensioners will no longer be insulated against the full force of austerity measures after the next...

  10. December 10, 2012

    Warning on cost of ‘shares for rights’

    George Osborne’s “shares for workers’ rights” initiative could end up costing Britain £1bn a year in lost revenues, the...

  11. December 6, 2012

    Tax warning over ‘inconceivable’ cuts

    The next government is likely to raise taxes because the spending cuts pencilled in by George Osborne in his Autumn...

  12. October 31, 2012

    Urgent action urged for middle earners

    Action must be taken to raise wages and help people stay in, or re-enter, the labour market if a protracted period of...

  13. June 26, 2012

    Bigger bill ahead for care of elderly

    Working age households face an even larger burden of supporting pensioners than previously expected, even though pensioners...

  14. June 15, 2012

    IFS finds sharp fall in median income

    The largest one-year fall in median income since 1981 has been revealed in an analysis of data covering 2010-11 which...

  15. June 4, 2012

    Jubilee marks a better-off Britain

    The monarchy’s approval rating is at its highest in decades. But with real incomes falling and unemployment rising, does the...

  16. March 22, 2012

    Pensioners’ howls of protest shouted down

    Economists and social policy experts rejected pensioners’ howls of protest over the Budget on Thursday, saying that an...

  17. March 22, 2012

    Think-tank questions revenue assumptions

    George Osborne’s Budget was branded a “hotchpotch of reforms” by an influential think-tank, which said some of his revenue...

  18. March 22, 2012

    IFS warns on borrowing forecast

    George Osborne’s Budget may be less fiscally neutral than was intended, a respected think tank claimed on Thursday, because...

  19. March 22, 2012

    Osborne defends move on pensioners

    George Osborne, the UK chancellor, on Thursday defended his decision to increase the tax burden on pensioners by freezing...

  20. March 15, 2012

    Why quantitative easing is the only game in town

    The onus of UK macroeconomic policy falls on the Bank of England. George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, has nailed...

  21. March 14, 2012

    Taxing tycoons and mansions is not a strategy

    Tax mansions, not income. Tax tycoons, not low-paid workers. Abolish the 50p rate. Restrict pension tax relief. As the...

  22. February 1, 2012

    IFS warns on scale of spending cuts

    Britain faces spending cuts “almost without historical or international precedent” over the next few years and, painful as...

  23. January 12, 2012

    Economics emerges as central to Scotland’s future

    With his remarks questioning the currency arrangements of an independent Scotland, George Osborne has laid bare the central...

  24. November 30, 2011

    Spotlight falls on Osborne’s forecaster

    Two days ago, the Office for Budget Responsibility was largely ignored by the public, the City and the media. Its anodyne...

  25. November 30, 2011

    Privations unlike any seen for 60 years

    The privations facing Britain during a lengthening period of austerity were rammed home in the cold hard numbers presented...

  26. FT Alphaville

    September 14, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Time for Germany to make its fateful choice...

  27. September 14, 2011

    IFS hits at ‘frequently unfair’ tax system

    The Treasury should be held to account for a tax system that is “inefficient, overly complex and frequently unfair”, the...

  28. September 13, 2011

    Avoid 50p distraction to fix broken tax regime

    The past week has seen much debate over the 50p rate of income tax. Tax debates often focus on these single, totemic issues...

  29. September 7, 2011

    Q&A: The 50p tax debate

    What is the evidence to suggest that the 50p tax rate should be scrapped? The 20 high profile economists who voiced their...

  30. August 1, 2011

    Ministers urged to cap pension charges

    Ministers should impose a cap on charges for private pensions and focus on how to get employers and employees to contribute...

  31. July 24, 2011

    Ministers play down Olympics boost

    Ministers are playing down expectations that the 2012 Olympic games will provide a substantial economic stimulus to the UK...

  32. June 5, 2011

    Osborne rejects clamour for Plan B

    Chancellor George Osborne issued a trenchant defence of his deficit-reduction plan on Monday, arguing that it was the “rock”...

  33. May 13, 2011

    Top earners enjoy big pay rises

    Labour’s last year in power saw the largest increase in take-home pay by top earning households since 2001 – exaggerating a...

  34. March 24, 2011

    Doubt cast on UK growth forecast

    Economists have criticised the Budget economic forecast for being far too optimistic about growth in the second half of the...

  35. December 22, 2010

    Arm hits nine-year peak on Microsoft prospects

    Arm Holdings was the star performer on Wednesday as the FTSE 100 continued its end-of-year rally. Shares in the chip...

  36. December 3, 2010

    Fiscal institute names new director

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies has appointed a former deputy head of the government’s economics service as its new...

  37. October 5, 2010

    Pensions blow for small employers

    Small companies should not be exempted from plans automatically to enrol millions of employees into pension saving for the...

  38. September 5, 2010

    Pre-Budget report to be ditched

    George Osborne will scrap the pre-Budget report this year in a break with Gordon Brown’s era and a signal of a return to...

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