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Reforming the Tax System for the 21st Century The Mirrlees Review
Introductrion

The Mirrlees Review brought together a high-profile group of international experts and younger researchers to identify the characteristics of a good tax system for any open developed economy in the 21st century, to assess the extent to which the UK tax system conforms to these ideals, and to recommend how it might realistically be reformed in that direction.

The Review is published by Oxford University Press in two volumes. The first, Dimensions of Tax Design, consists of a set of specially commissioned chapters dealing with different aspects of the tax system, accompanied by a series of commentaries by different expert authors, voicing differing opinions on the issue discussed. The second volume, Tax by Design, sets out the conclusions of the Review.

Both volumes are available to download free of charge below.

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The first volume consists of a set of thirteen specially commissioned studies which draw on the latest thinking in each area. The authors of each chapter assess a different dimension of tax design. These are supplemented by expert commentaries to provide a comprehensive range of views and ideas.

The second volume, written by the Review's editorial team, presents a picture of coherent tax reform. Its aim is to identify the characteristics of a good tax system for any open developed economy, to assess the extent to which the UK tax system conforms to these ideals, and to recommend how it might realistically be reformed in that direction. Drawing on the expert evidence from the commissioned chapters and commentaries, it provides an integrated view of tax reform.

The Review is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the ESRC.

Economic and Social Resaerch Council        The Nuffield Foundation

Publication details

Oxford University Press

Dimensions of Tax Design: the Mirrlees Review, J. Mirrlees, S. Adam, T. Besley, R. Blundell, S. Bond, R. Chote, M. Gammie, P. Johnson, G. Myles and J. Poterba (eds), ISBN: 978-0-19-955375-4, Oxford University Press: April 2010

Tax by Design: the Mirrlees Review, J. Mirrlees, S. Adam, T. Besley, R. Blundell, S. Bond, R. Chote, M. Gammie, P. Johnson, G. Myles and J. Poterba, ISBN: 978-0-19-955374-7, Oxford University Press: September 2011.

Hard copies of both volumes are available from IFS

Both volumes are available to download free of charge on this site.