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Better Budgets: Making Tax Policy Work (a joint IFS / IfG event)
Date: 18:00 20 February 2013 - 19:30 20 February 2013
Type: Conference
Venue: Institute for Government  [see map]
Price: members: Free; nonmembers: Free

Successive governments have struggled to make tax policy well – whether the multiple tax about-turns under the last government, or last year’s “omnishambolic” budget, Chancellors have too frequently failed to deliver coherent tax
policy. At the same time the number of pages of tax law grows and grows. Exactly a month to Budget Day 2013, we ask: Do we have to accept the inevitability of making tax policy in this way?

IFS Director, Paul Johnson, will propose changes which would improve the way tax policy is made. Those ideas will then be discussed by a panel, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The panel will include Vanessa Houlder, Financial Times, William Morris, GE and ETPF and Chris Wales, PwC. Jill Rutter, Programme Director, Better Policy Making, Institute for Government, will Chair.

Registration will take place from 17:30 - 18:00 and a drinks reception will follow presentations, from 19:30 to 20:00.

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