Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood quoted by the FT Adviser

The rising cost of pension tax relief could be curtailed if the relief were scrapped, reports the FT Adviser. In his fortnightly column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood said the relief wasn't justified and the money would be better spent on scrapping inheritance tax, as recently hinted at by the Chancellor at ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy
In an article in the Times earlier this week I suggested Sajid Javid take a bold approach to tax reform. I argued that we should strive for lower and simpler taxes. On its own, the former would probably make our tax system less progressive overall, while the latter would make it more progressive. Because the ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in the Daily Express

A comment piece for City AM on the merits of tax cuts, written by the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood, has featured in the Daily Express. "During his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference last week, Sajid Javid announced a series of new spending pledges. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s focus was infrastructure and rural areas, with ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

The current Conservative government has given the country little idea of its approach to taxation, despite Sajid Javid's "desire to reduce and simplify Britain’s tax system" says Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing his fortnightly column for The Times, Mark notes that the "tax rule book is now around ten million ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Boris Johnson has turned his back on the icy attitude of his predecessor and embraced capitalism and "its pro-market and pro-enterprise philosophy", says Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing in City A.M., Kate argues that while the praise was there in the Prime Minister's speech to Conservative Party Conference, the ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood responds to the Prime Minister's party conference speech

Commenting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech to Conservative Party Conference, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood said: "It is a good day when praise for free markets dominates the Prime Minister’s party conference speech. The freedoms and liberties we enjoy in the UK go hand-in-hand with a commitment to economic ... Continue reading

Sky News reports on the Chancellor's comments at Conservative Party Conference

The Chancellor Sajid Javid hinted at plans to cut inheritance tax, reports Sky News. Speaking at a fringe event hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, Javid said he understood the arguments against the tax, saying "I do think when people have paid taxes already through work or through investments - capital gains and other ... Continue reading

The Telegraph reports the Chancellor's comments at an IEA event

The Telegraph reports that Sajid Javid is considering a cut to inheritance tax, saying changes were on his mind ahead of his first budget. Inheritance tax, which is forecast to raise £5.3 billion in this financial year, reportedly unpopular and the Chancellor was speaking in response to a question from a Conservative member in the ... Continue reading

BBC reports on Chancellor's comments at IEA fringe event

Speaking at an 'In Conversation' event in the IEA-hosted ThinkTent, Sajid Javid suggested his first budget would contain a cut for inheritance tax. Asked by City A.M. Editor Christian May if he would consider scrapping the tax, the Chancellor said he understood the arguments against it and while "sensible changes have already been made...it's something ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood responds to the Chancellor's party conference speech

Commenting on Sajid Javid's speech to Conservative Party Conference, the Institute of Economic Affairs’s Director General Mark Littlewood said: “The Chancellor’s speech was a mixed bag of policy proposals - some would boost growth and innovation in the UK, and others would damper it. "Sajid Javid's launch of the “Brexit red tape challenge” is a ... Continue reading