The Chancellor is groping his way, knowing well that the future is unknowable, trying to hold on to as much of the past as he can.
Posts Tagged: Stamp Duty
The author of the final piece in our mini-series identifies corporation tax, stamp duty, national insurance and investment allowances as targets for action.
Howard Flight: What Johnson should do next. Including dealing with that socialist creation, the BBC.
I suggest the necessary first priority is to sort out the Stamp Duty mess. I would like to see it abolished on residential property.
Our survival as a party and arguably that of our nation itself depends on people having a stake in this country.
Matt Kilcoyne: The Conservative manifesto. Wooing Labour heartlands with socialist policy is a doomed strategy.
The first piece of a series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.
Keep them low where possible; find the optimal point on the Laffer Curve; avoid taxes which are expensive to collect; and undo the harm of Stamp Duty and Inheritance Tax.
The Government should abolish stamp duty entirely for all purchases of a main home under £500,000.
Sam Gyimah: My challenge to Johnson and Hunt. It’s time to commit to scrapping Britain’s five worst taxes.
The former Universities Minister revives his tax-cutting plan from the earlier stages of this leadership contest.
That means easing onerous planning restrictions and ending George Osborne’s misguided crackdown on buy-to-let landlords.
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
It is the spending that needs to be controlled and reduced, rather than taxes increased yet further.
The tax take is at its highest ever, and yet the Government is looking at ways to raise yet more taxes.
Chloe Westley: Enough talk of tax rises from Tory Ministers. Let’s have tax cuts instead. Or else what are they for?
The Conservatives are not going to win the hearts and minds of the British people by proposing Labour-lite policies. There must be something different on offer.
In the post-leave springtime, it will be worth considering what would happen if all three were abolished and replaced by a single Turnover Tax.