Facts and figures about UK taxes, benefits and public spending.
Income distribution, poverty and inequality.
Analysing government fiscal forecasts and tax and spending.
Analysis of the fiscal choices an independent Scotland would face.
Case studies that give a flavour of the areas where IFS research has an impact on society.
Reforming the tax system for the 21st century.
A peer-reviewed quarterly journal publishing articles by academics and practitioners.
Researchers at IFS carry out ongoing analysis of the government's fiscal position. After each Pre-Budget Report, Budget and Spending Review, we publish analysis of the Chancellor's proposals and reforms as well as of the public finances.
Chapter published in the IFS Green Budget 2013
Borrowing to take the strain until the election. More pain on spending, jobs and, recent history suggests, tax after the election
The IFS Green Budget, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is published today.
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An IFS economist advised a “Citizens Jury” on the welfare system, including basic facts and important issues about its purpose and structure.
IFS researchers assessed the government’s fiscal rules and advised policymakers as to how they could be made more credible.
In light of Government objectives to increase environmental taxation, we investigate whether the UK tax system is becoming more or less ‘green’.
Public spending analysis stokes public debate and prompts increased transparency over government’s plans for spending cuts.
The IFS played a key role in informing the public during the 2010 election campaign. Our comments on the parties’ tax plans were quoted by the party leaders in their debates.
IFS recommendations for presenting fiscal forecasts are being taken up by the new Office for Budget Responsibility.
IFS researchers have evaluated whether the temporary VAT cut was able to boost the economy effectively.