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Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?
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UK Economy

Can Rishi Sunak save the economy with stamp duty cuts and half-price meal deals?

John Stepek runs his eye over the chancellor's £30bn stimulus package and asks if it's enough to get the economy back on its feet after months of lock…
9 Jul 2020
Boris Johnson and the sugar tax
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Tax

Boris Johnson and the sugar tax

Our probable new prime minister wants to scrap the levy on sugary drinks introduced by some of his predecessors. Would that be a good move?
13 Jul 2019
How to duck the higher rate of stamp duty
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Stamp duty

How to duck the higher rate of stamp duty

The higher rate of stamp duty on second properties comes with several exceptions, says Sarah Moore. Here's what they are.
10 Jul 2019
Duck the higher stamp-duty rate
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Property

Duck the higher stamp-duty rate

The government has allowed for exceptions to the rule, so make sure you’re aware of them.
13 Jul 2018
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How to avoid stamp duty
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Property

How to avoid stamp duty

The new rules on stamp duty have muddied the waters. Sarah Moore explains what they mean, and how you can cut your tax bill.
25 Nov 2016
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How to make stamp duty a little less crazy
Stamp duty

How to make stamp duty a little less crazy

Stamp duty is a mad tax for all sorts of reasons, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But if anybody should have to pay it, make it the seller.
22 Sep 2016
The Isle of Man: a tax haven or not a tax haven?
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The Isle of Man: a tax haven or not a tax haven?

Merryn Somerset Webb found herself in hot water after referring to the Isle of Man as a 'tax haven'. But it is still a very good place to be if you do…
9 Apr 2014

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Why stamp duty should be scrapped
Economy

Why stamp duty should be scrapped

In his last Budget, George Osborne tinkered with stamp duty. Tim Bennett explains why he would have preferred the chancellor to go a lot further.
28 Mar 2013
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Should the seller pay the stamp duty?
Property

Should the seller pay the stamp duty?

How do you make it easier for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder and not lose out on tax revenue? Simple - make the seller pay.
17 Jan 2012