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This talk was given at a breakfast briefing on tax reform organised by the TaxPayer's Alliance in London on 20 November 2013.

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Observation
There is growing interest in how behavioural economics can be used effectively by policymakers. This observation considers some of the broad implications of behavioural insights for tax and benefit policy, drawing on new IFS research which explores the issues for particular aspects of policy in ...
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The OBR's second fiscal sustainability report, published today, reminds us of the significant challenges which we face as a result of the spending pressures created by population ageing and a likely loss of tax revenues from motoring and north sea oil and gas companies. We need to respond to this ...
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Earlier this month the European Commission outlined proposals aimed at making the EU VAT system simpler, more efficient and more robust. If fully realised, complying with VAT procedures, particularly when trading across borders, would be considerably simpler, and the system should be more robust to ...
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Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, today gave a little more detail on the Government's plans for welfare reform, suggesting that the benefit system needed simplifying, incentives to work strengthening, and welfare-to-work programmes reforming . But what can actually be ...
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The Centre for Social Justice published a report, in association with Oliver Wyman, on how to reform the benefits and tax credits system, with the aim of reducing the number of families where no one is in work. Will the proposals work, and at what cost?