Research papers

£27.4 billion not collected by the taxman

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) today reveals that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has given up on £27.4 billion of tax revenue in the last five years. The findings are contained in a new TPA report for the 2020 Tax Commission (a joint project by theTPA and Institute of Directors). If the Government simplified the tax code, errors on this scale... Read more...

Let Them Eat Carbon

Ordinary people are paying a ruinous price for the attempts politicians make to control greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change policies dramatically raise electricity bills; make it much more expensive to drive to work or fly on holiday; put manufacturing workers out of a job and sometimes even make your food... Read more...

DfT Internet Usage

After we uncovered which websites Department for Work and Pensions staff had been visiting, we received a Freedom of Information response from the Department for Transport, which covered their six month internet history from January to the end of May this year.  Read more...

Spending Cuts Poll 2011

A major new YouGov / TaxPayers’ Alliance poll of 2,732 British adults reveals that the public support billions in spending cuts to foreign aid, high speed rail, trade union funding and a Green Investment bank.  Read more...

TPA Verdict on the Coalition

During the last General Election, we published a manifesto which set out our objectives for this Parliament. We promised then that we would judge any new government against that standard. Read more...

The TaxPayers’ Alliance Manifesto: 1 Year On

Shortly before the last General Election, the TaxPayers’ Alliance produced a manifesto. We pledged to judge any new Government on the standard it set. The manifesto set out recommendations in three areas – tax & spending, reforming services and democracy & transparency – and divided them between measures where it expected to see action... Read more...

Corporation Tax Policy Brief

Corporation Tax is not fit for purpose. This new Briefing Note for the 2020 Tax Commission, written by Commissioner and Associate Professor of Economics at the ESCP Europe Business School Anthony J. Evans, measures the tax against four key criteria, and finds that it drives down wages; lowers returns for... Read more...

Local Policing Summaries

Police authorities are required by law to produce a Local Policing Summary every year. This summary is meant to let the public in each area know how their force is doing with meeting targets and where they see their priorities for the coming year.  Read more...

HS2 Capacity Analysis

The Government’s proposed high speed rail line will not deliver the capacity needed. This report reveals for the first time a comprehensive list of which towns will be worse off and gives details of how each place could be negatively hit by worse journey times, fewer seats and/or fewer trains... Read more...

Abolish National Insurance

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) outlined how to abolish National Insurance by 2017 to make the tax system simpler and more transparent. National Insurance serves no purpose and has set out a package of measures to merge both employers’ and employees’ contributions with Income Tax. This detailed and extensive transition plan comes... Read more...