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

Hamish McRae: Politicians slow to spot a lack of cash to do things

Economic View: What on earth will happen to revenues in the longer term and what will that do to politics?

Corporation tax black hole raises spectre of further cuts

Ten per cent slump in revenues means George Osborne may be unable to hit his fiscal targets

Britain's highest earners pocket twenty times more tax relief on pension contributions than ordinary workers

Britain’s highest earners are pocketing 20 times more tax relief on their pension contributions than ordinary workers, a new analysis reveals today.

Liberal Democrats to make reducing childcare costs a key objective, says Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg today signals that the Liberal Democrats will make reducing childcare costs the key objective of their remaining two and half years in Government.

A two-tier motorway would be ineffective, unjust, and add to the government's pile of #Omnishables

Most people agree that we have a major problem with congestion. But is inserting a new class distinction into Britain's roads likely to solve the problem? Probably not

BBC to crack down on tax-avoiding stars after accusation of being 'complicit' in tax avoidance

The BBC currently allows some workers to be paid as if they were companies rather than individual staff

Boris Johnson as Conservative leader would not boost party's chances of winning next general election

ComRes survey of local Tory activists suggests only one in three constituency chairmen believes he would improve the party’s prospects of winning a majority at the 2015 election

The new novel based on love life of the French President, François Hollande, has turned into a state scandal

France raises taxes for top earners

The French government is to introduce a 75% income tax rate for top earners as part of what it called a “fighting budget” to boost jobs and help growth.

Soak the rich, Vince? There aren't enough of them to tax

How can we crank more money out of the tax system? Can we make the the rich pay more? And what other options are there to increase revenues?

Tory MP Andrew Tyrie condemns Budget leaks

The Government has been rebuked by the chairman of the influential Commons Treasury Select Committee over the leaking of information ahead of the Budget.

Leading article: Politics to be sure, but a wealth tax merits a look

In their liability to tax, it seems, the rich are still different from the rest of us

NHS cracks down on tax avoidance

NHS bosses have been ordered to pay temporary managers through the appropriate channels to tackle possible tax avoidance.

Thousands 'put off by university tuition fees'

Thousands of students are being put off applying to university by the move to triple tuition fees to £9,000, an independent panel has found.

Mills: humility and inner steel

John Atta Mills: Politician who helped secure democracy in Ghana

The ascension of John Atta Mills to the presidency of Ghana in 2008 went a long way to consolidating democracy in the country. Following Mills' defeat to John Kufuor in the 2001 election, it was the second time power had been transferred from one legitimate leader to another, an indicator of stability.

Study finds rise in proportion of income taxed

A study of 50 cities showing the proportion of their populations' total income taken in income tax shows that some are paying up to 31 per cent more since the start of the financial crisis.

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