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Alan Watkins: Anyone else apart from the chiefs?

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Beginner's Guide To: Inheritance tax

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Tax and NI: Middle classes must stump up to cut the deficit

Triple whammy targets families earning above the national average

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Pre-Budget report: Pain postponed

The Chancellor's electioneering budget yesterday put off difficult questions about cutting debt. Will it work?

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Tax hikes expected for the better off

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