Tax

Votes for women and the rise of the welfare state

Since women got the vote a century ago, we have developed a more progressive tax system and a transferred more wealth to the less well-off. That’s no coincidence, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

How to build new houses and satisfy the Nimbys at the same time

People objecting to new housing developments in their neighbourhoods are acting perfectly rationally, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there’s an easy solution: divert some of the landowners’ profits and buy them off.

Land value tax: the least-bad tax

Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, MoneyWeek and the Labour Party are all fans of a land value tax. But what exactly is it and how would it work? Simon Wilson reports.

Inheritance tax fears for pensions

A landmark court case could bring certain pensions under the inheritance tax umbrella.

Here’s what to expect from today’s Budget

John Stepek gives a rundown on Philip Hammond’s Budget later today, and how it might affect your pocket.

Some good news at last for landlords?

It doesn’t happen often these days, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But there might be something in the next Budget that MoneyWeek readers will like.

Public shaming – an effective new way of collecting taxes

Corporations publicly outed as tax dodgers; individuals denied honours. Shaming people into paying their taxes is probably effective, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But the government could go further.

Pensions and savings tax relief under attack

MPs want to reform the savings and pensions tax relief system to benefit the less well-off.

Pension withdrawals tax trap won’t be closed

HMRC refuses to reform its clumsy taxation of pension withdrawals, says David Prosser.

Beware: executors are liable for inheritance tax

Make sure you’re up to date on the responsibilities that come with being an executor before you agree to take on the role.

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