The Budget


Hammond backs down on tax rise for self-employed

Philip Hammond © Getty images

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been forced to backpedal on his plans to raise national insurance contributions for the self-employed.

Dividend-tax grab shows why Isas and pensions still matter

Philip Hammond’s 2017 budget is another reminder that assuming that the tax system won’t change is always a dangerous foundation for financial planning.

The chancellor hasn’t finished fiddling yet

The self employed shouldn’t relax yet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. One way or another, Philip Hammond will be back to tax them.

How to fix the fuss over National Insurance contributions

The solution to all the fuss over National Insurance contributions for the self-employed is simple, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We all pay the same tax regardless of how we work.

Hammond's boring Budget speech promises very little

The vote to leave the EU gave the chancellor a very good excuse to do very little in what he promises was his last spring Budget.

A bad, boring Budget

Philip Hammond’s first spring Budget contained very little of any interest, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The Budget was boring – and that was a huge mistake

The chancellor had a golden opportunity to simplify Britain’s tax system yesterday. But all he did was tinker around the edges. It’s time to be bold, says John Stepek.

Here’s what the chancellor should do today

At almost ten million words, the UK tax code is the world’s longest and most incomprehensible. Today, the chancellor has a real opportunity to change that, says Dominic Frisby.

Top up your pension NOW

If you can to up your pension before tomorrow’s Budget, do it, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

“What’s in the box?” – it’s Budget time again

It’s that time of year again when the chancellor lays out his public spending plans. John Stepek looks ahead to the Budget speech, and asks what’s in the box.

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