Jan 2013 29

We can today reveal that the Coalition Government has raised taxes more than twice as often as it has cut them. In the first analysis of its kind, this Government is shown to have implemented or planned 299 separate tax rises but only 119 separate tax cuts. This means that the Coalition has been responsible for 180 more tax rises than tax cuts since it came to power.

Click here for the full report including a complete list of all the tax cuts and rises

This forensic study of Treasury and HMRC documents looks at how many different tax reliefs, allowances and rates the Government has changed, along with the number of new taxes that have been levied or abolished during its time in office. In 2009-10, the last year of the previous government, £513 billion was paid in taxes (or £549 billion at 2012-13 prices). By 2015-16, the Government plans to increase that amount to £671 billion (£633 billion at 2012-13 prices), a real terms rise of 15 per cent.

The key findings of this research are:

A total of 299 separate tax rises have either already been implemented or are planned before May 2015.

  • Of this, 254 separate tax rises have already been implemented since the 2010 General Election.
  • A further 45 tax rises are planned before the end of this Parliament.

A total of 119 separate tax cuts have either already been implemented or are planned before May 2015.

  • Of this, 109 separate tax cuts have been implemented since the 2010 General Election.
  • A further 10 tax cuts are planned before the end of this Parliament.

A full methodology is included in the report.

This summary table lists the number of tax-raising and tax-cutting measures implemented since May 2010 or planned for implementation, by tax type. Click the image to embiggen:

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Britain's independent grassroots campaign for lower taxes



  • r

    Is this the opportunity for TPA to concentrate on getting our governments to actually reduce expenditure?
    Despite “austerity” planning, government expenditure is still increasing. Government expenditure is still adding to the bill that our children must eventually pay.
    Surely, this must be a priority now?
    r.

  • tinamac

    I have a wide range of friends, family and acquaintances in many situations, and apart from some people who were on “the sick” who were pushed onto the dole and now have (amazingly) signed off (after many years of claiming) I have not noticed any cuts except for the headline stuff like hospital services, relocating A&Es etc. My local council asked for input into money saving ideas and I have not heard of any one of them being implemented. However, they have issued their usual annual “newspaper” saying how they will be spending more on this and that!
    There are a host of things that could be cut immediately with very little effect on anyone but how can we get councils to listen and act?
    Some councils deliberately choose high profile cuts to discredit cuts in general, so it seems we will come to the end of another government with little changed on the local level again.

  • wibbling

    WTF is a Switzerland tax? Obviously a tax for having your money in Swiss accounts?

    Well dear government I moved it there to keep it away from you. If you force me to move it again, I will. Money is mobile. You are not. It’s not yours to steal.