Press releases

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty

TPA renews its call to Stamp Out Stamp Duty Click here for more on our campaign In light of The Daily Telegraph's welcome recommendation to slash Stamp Duty - following revelations that the Stamp Duty reforms have further distorted the market and raised only half the amount of revenue predicted... Read more...

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay?

Income tax and national insurance: How much tax do you really pay? Income tax+national insurance means the 20 per cent tax rate is effectively 40.2 per cent Multiple taxes on wages are needlessly complex and obscure National insurance should be abolished by 2021 for a simpler and more transparent tax... Read more...

TPA launches new app: How is your Council doing?

The TaxPayers' Alliance today launches YourTPA, a unique free-to-download App, which allows taxpayers to access local council data on their mobile devices. Users can type in their postcodes which brings up local data, allowing users to scrutinise and hold their individual authorities to account. This app will help promote transparency across local government.  YourTPA is a collection of... Read more...

Scottish deficit is twice that of the UK and higher than Greece

Research from TaxPayers' Alliance shows an independent Scotland would have to depend on measures such as the following in order to balance the books: Increasing basic rate income tax to 39 per cent Doubling VAT to 40 per cent Cutting health spending by 82 per cent Cutting all spending on... Read more...

HS2 is a wasteful vanity project and must be scrapped

Responding to the speech by Chris Grayling where he argues the case for HS2 is stronger than ever,John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, says: "Despite assertions to the contrary, the arguments for HS2 remain incredibly weak. HS2 offers appalling value for money and there are many more worthwhile... Read more...

Corbyn announces "prospectus for poverty, unemployment, debt and recession"

Responding to the speech by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn today at Labour Party Conference, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This was a prospectus for poverty, unemployment, debt and recession. With the national debt standing at £25,000 for every man, woman and child and the government running a... Read more...

Hinkley Point combines huge risk with spectacularly bad value for money

Responding to the decision to go ahead with Hinkley Point, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It's deeply disappointing that the government is pressing ahead with this deal which combines huge risk with spectacularly bad value for money. The technology to be used is unproven and projects using... Read more...

New figures show why it is time to drop the regressive Sugar Tax

Responding to new data published today in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), the TaxPayers' Alliance is calling on the new government to scrap George Osborne's sugar tax.Data from the NDNS adds to the weight of evidence that shows consumption of sugar from soft drinks is falling. As such there is... Read more...

Holiday tax bill rises to over £2.4 billion

As families jet off on their summer holiday, new research shows how the treasury now takes in over £2.4 billion from holiday taxes The average holidaymaker will be hit with a £61.12 tax bill as the taxman chases Brits all the way to the departure gate The bill has increased by more than... Read more...

TPA slams decision to award Alex Salmond resettlement grant

Following the news that Alex Salmond MP received almost £30,000 in a resettlement grant after leaving Holyrood, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:  "With MSPs effectively on fixed term contracts, there can be no justification whatsoever for them being entitled to large dollops of taxpayers' cash in so-called... Read more...