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IFS residential conference "Taxing remuneration: principles and practice"

Over two days, 5-6 September 2014, we will consider the different ways in which individual earnings are taxed. Speakers will include: Paul Aplin (A C Mole & Sons, ICAEW), Philip Baker QC (Gray's Inn), Colin Ben-Nathan (KPMG, CIOT), Judith Freedman (Oxford), Malcolm Gammie QC (One Essex Court, IFS Tax Law Review Committee), David Gauke MP, Mark Groom (Deloitte), Cerys Morgan (HM Treasury), Edward Troup (HMRC), Mike Truman (Taxation) and John Whiting (Office of Tax Simplification).

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The end of the pay rise?

IFS director, Paul Johnson, presented BBC Radio 4's Analysis on 14 July, asking what has been happening in the British economy. For over six years now, wages have fallen for most of us, which is unprecedented in British modern history. And despite the return of economic growth, wages still have not picked up. What has happened? And crucially is this a long term problem - is this the end of the pay rise? The programme is repeated on Sunday 20 July at 12.30.

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Pay, employment and incomes all fall furthest for young adults

The recession and its aftermath have been much harder on the young than the old. The employment rate of those in their 20s has fallen, while employment among older individuals has not; and real pay among young workers has fallen much faster than among older workers. As a result, young adults’ real incomes have fallen much more than any other age-group. These are among the findings of a new report by IFS researchers, which analyses data on household incomes from the government’s Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series.

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