The TaxPayers' Alliance Blog

Increases in precepts are not the answer

In 15th December last year, the government announced that councils would be allowed to raise the social care precept by...

3:30 PM January 13, 2017

We must all stand up for a free press

The public consultation on the introduction of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act closes on 10th January. Writers...

10:39 AM January 06, 2017

Are rail fares too high?

Rail fares increased this morning, prompting outrage from unions. The average fare will increase by 2.3 per cent with regulated...

3:38 PM January 03, 2017

NHS Machines: the utilisation of high-value capital equipment at NHS Trusts

6:00 AM December 31, 2016

Whitehall needs to spend more wisely on consultants

From our Thunderer in The Times (Thursday 22 December) - our Chief Executive John O'Connell on the need for...

9:03 AM December 22, 2016

Hitting families with 6% council tax rise will not solve our social care crisis

Responding to the news that ministers have approved a 6 per cent rise in council tax to fund social care,...

10:35 AM December 14, 2016

Decentralise the tax system to meet future funding challenges

The government is reportedly considering plans to permit English local authorities to increase Council Tax to ease funding pressures on...

2:17 PM December 12, 2016

Aid spending needs to be more transparent

The TPA has long criticised aspects of foreign aid spending and particularly the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of...

4:55 PM December 08, 2016

Sugar tax could lead to more Government borrowing or higher taxes on families

  • New research shows that George Osborne's sugar tax not certain to raise the money for sport that has been...

6:00 AM December 05, 2016

The sugar tax and the public finances

When introducing the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the then Chancellor, George Osborne, added that the revenues from the tax would...

6:00 AM December 05, 2016

Working for the taxman

For most people, buying something means working to pay for it. The more expensive something is, the longer we have...

6:00 AM November 26, 2016

Further thoughts on the Autumn Statement

Now that we have had some time to drill down into some of the finer points of Philip Hammond’s first...

4:56 PM November 24, 2016

Government should have stayed the course and balanced the books, says TaxPayers’ Alliance

  • New forecast means there will have been at least 21 consecutive years of deficits by 2022
  • 13 years after...

2:13 PM November 23, 2016

Have we had too much austerity?

A Sky News poll has found that 43 per cent of Britons support “ending austerity and increasing spending”...

10:57 AM November 23, 2016

Launch a War on Waste and simplify taxes

The Chancellor will deliver the Autumn Statement this week. Mr Hammond should use the opportunity to root out waste and...

9:45 AM November 23, 2016

Reforming capital taxes

Taxes on capital income are poorly designed. In particular, the UK corporate tax system is a mess, fundamentally designed for...

6:00 AM November 19, 2016

TaxPayers' Alliance on the sovereign grant

In response to the news that the sovereign grant will temporarily increase:

Harry Davis, Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers'...

1:30 PM November 18, 2016

Time to stop tinkering and remove the burden of stamp duty altogether

A copy of our letter to the Telegraph, published on 17 November 2017.

Calls to slash stamp duty are...

10:00 AM November 17, 2016

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

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Tax Gap: How cracking down on illicit trade could fund a 1p cut in the basic rate of Income Tax

Every year Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) estimates how much tax revenue is lost to the black market. The...

12:01 AM November 14, 2016

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