Research papers

Briefing: five more years of historic high tax burden

The 49-year high tax burden estimate for 2018-19 has increased from 34.3 to 34.6 per cent of GDP. Treasury plans keep Britain’s historic-high tax burden at 49-year high plateau for next five years. Overall government revenues this year are at a 32-year high, at 37 per cent of GDP. This... Read more...

Business Rates Reform

Business rates are widely seen by commercial enterprises, both large and small, as the tax on business that is the least fairly applied, poorly administered and most in need of reform. The principle reasons for the unpopularity of business rates are: Their sheer scale in relation to rental values, rising... Read more...

Autumn Budget Briefing

It was good to hear the chancellor say that 'ending austerity' should not mean tax hikes. Increases in the personal allowance and higher rate income tax thresholds, with freezes to taxes on beer, cider, fuel and short-haul flights, will give much-needed breathing space to hard-pressed taxpayers. That said, the tax burden overall... Read more...

Air Passenger Duty submission

The TaxPayers' Alliance has formally submitted a representation for Budget 2018, calling for a cut to Air Passenger Duty. Buying a ticket for a long-haul flight out of the UK will set you back at least £78 in air passenger duty, a tax levied on all adult flyers from UK... Read more...

Public Sector Trade Union Rich List

Introduction Membership of trade unions, for both public and private sector workers, has been declining for many years: 23.2 per cent were members in 2017. Yet at least 31 bosses of trade unions with a high concentration of public sector workers were in receipt of remuneration in excess of £100,000... Read more...

Pensions Inequality

This study looks at occupational pension schemes, which are those set up by employers for the benefit of their employees. A contribution is made by both the employer and employee into these schemes. The government’s automatic enrolment initiative was designed to set up just such pension schemes.Specifically, the report compares... Read more...

Spending on mayoral cars

Local authorities across the country have spent over £4.5million since 2015 on cars for mayors’ usage. Mayors and council chairmen and women often fulfil ceremonial duties within their local authority and serve as the ‘first citizen’. Yet these generally mundane and little cared-for functions do not require the purchasing or... Read more...

Highest tax burden this year since 1969-70

Highest tax burden this year since 1969-70  The government is seeking new policy ideas as it tries to find ways to pay for a promised funding boost for the NHS. Pressure is mounting for spending increases elsewhere, too, with vigorous calls for cash injections for defence and education. But a... Read more...

US Tax Cuts & Jobs Act: Six months on

Tax cuts could help pay for better public services, says TaxPayers’ Alliance Six months on from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, new analysis shows that the US economy is in good shape. Unemployment has continued its downward trend to 3.8 per cent in May 2018 and employees have benefited from higher earnings growth... Read more...

Local Authority Flights

Local authorities have spent £6.8 million on flights since 2015, with some flying business class Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) reveals the cost to taxpayers of flights for local bureaucrats over the last three years. Since 2015, local authorities in Britain have spent £6,792,500 on air travel, with each... Read more...

Automate the state: Better and cheaper public services

‘Automate the state’ - TaxPayers’ Alliance launches campaign to deliver better quality public services After the announcement that more money will be spent on the NHS, we should pick up the pace of automation in healthcare Introducing more automation into the public sector more broadly can save taxpayers £17 billion a... Read more...