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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Budget 2013: low-paid working families 'will not qualify for full childcare support'

Think tank finds only four in 10 low-paid families will see 85 per cent of their childcare bill met by the Government

Budget 2013: Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year as rise in personal allowance brought forward

Workers will not pay any tax on the first £10,000 of their wages from next year - 12 months earlier than planned.

Lib dem plan could take a million out of income tax

More than one million low-income earners would be taken out of the income tax net altogether under Liberal Democrat plans to raise the tax-free personal allowance to close to £13,000.

George Osborne's pledge to cut deficit this year set to fail, warns OBR

Watchdog says only implausibly large surge in tax revenues or a significant drop in state spending could help Chancellor's boast be lived up to

Editorial: Not such a distinctive Labour vision, after all

Ed Miliband's 'working people'  sound very much like the Tories' 'strivers'

Usain Bolt lights up the track during the London Games

Usain Bolt back at the Olympic Stadium? UK Athletics chiefs in bid to lure world's fastest man to London this summer

A three day event, dubbed the 'London Anniversary Games', will be held at the Stratford stadium in July

Shock figures reveal US economy contracted in final quarter of 2012

Economy has been damaged by the biggest cut in defence spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles

Coalition 'will have increased taxes 300 times by 2015'

Taxes will have been increased almost 300 times by the coalition Government before its term of office ends in 2015, new research claimed today.

Goldman drops plan to avoid tax on staff bonuses

Wall Street bank bows to pressure from Sir Mervyn King and Treasury

Editorial: Blame the tax loopholes

Chalk up another victory for the PR departments of the global investment banks. Some – including Goldman Sachs – are reportedly considering deferring bonuses for their UK staff until after 6 April to take advantage of the lower top rate of income tax. The prospect of too-big-to-fail banks using such a sly bit of avoidance to save their already over-remunerated staff a tax bill – and at the expense of the struggling British Exchequer – has understandably provoked disgust. Labour's Chris Leslie has warned them to "think carefully" about their reputations.

Goldman bonus delay may cost UK taxman millions

The UK taxman could miss out on millions of pounds in revenue from bankers if Goldman Sachs decides to go ahead with plans to delay paying part of their bonuses until the next tax year.

Editorial: A good idea badly implemented

There is nothing wrong with the idea that the comparatively well-off should not require state benefits. Those earning more than £60,000 do not need winter fuel allowances or free pensioner bus passes. Nor do they need child benefit, and under new rules from today they will no longer be eligible for £20.30 a week for their first child as before. This will save the public purse £1.5bn a year.

Julian Baggini: Confused about health? Drink more

Hoping to create a healthier you this new year? If so, I've got some good news and some bad news. But above all, I have news. Plenty of it. Too much, as usual. And what you find is always changing, often contradictory and rarely encouraging.

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Come and live in Russia, Putin tells Depardieu

Vladimir Putin today formally decreed the French actor Gérard Depardieu to be a Russian citizen.

Markets set for fiery day after US 'fiscal cliff' deal

Global stock markets are expected to face turbulent trading when they re-open today as investors give their initial verdict on the US budget agreement to avert the "fiscal cliff" of combined general tax rises and public spending cuts.

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