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Autumn Statement: the biggest changes

In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne announced measures on housing, tax credits and public spending. Matthew Partridge looks at the major announcements and what they mean for the economy.

What nasty surprises will George Osborne spring this Wednesday?

With borrowing higher than expected, George Osborne has some tricky choices to make in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at what might be in his sights.

Don’t fall foul of this inheritance-tax trap

The seven-year rule inheritance tax rule is well known, says Sarah Moore. But there is also a related 14-year rule which is less widely understood.

A rich tax too far

The idea that there is no new taxes on the wealthy is compete nonsense, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Tax credits: unaffordable and unfair

The government has come in for criticism over plans to reform tax credits, says James Ferguson. But the system as it stands is unaffordable.

Why people don’t vote for higher top-rate taxes – they expect they’ll have to pay them

Income inequality across a whole lifetime is much lower than a lot of people think, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Most people expect they’ll be in the top tax bracket for a while at least.

The real cost of charities to the taxpayer

Tot up all the tax breaks and the real cost of the charity sector to the taxpayer is far higher than you think, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Sentimental trick hides a stealth inheritance-tax rise

George Osborne has used sentimentality to distract us from a rise in the inheritance tax allowance, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How George Osborne could kill off Britain’s buy-to-let business

Changes announced in the Summer Budget could be brewing up a storm in the buy-to-let market. Dominic Frisby explains what that means for house prices.

Insurance is about to get more expensive

The Budget hiked a fairly obscure tax that few of us ever think about. Piper Terrett explains what it is, and how it could affect your insurance premiums.

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