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Helen Miller

Helen Miller

Deputy Director


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2010
BSc Economics (1st Class), University College London, 2007

Helen is Deputy Director of the IFS and Head of the Tax sector. She is chair of the Royal Economic Society’s Communications Committee.

Her main research interests are the effects of the tax system on individuals and firms behaviour and the design of tax policy. Her recent research also includes work on the drivers of firm investment and the UK productivity puzzle. She is Tolley's 2018 Tax Personality of the year. Helen joined the IFS in 2007.



The IFS Green Budget looks at the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Chancellor aims to secure a lasting recovery and deliver on the Government’s other objectives and priorities.
The parts of the UK tax system that dictate how different forms of income are taxed are of central importance and are not fit for purpose.

News and comment

IFS immediate reaction to the Prime Minister's announcement about social care.
Newspaper article
Taxes are often the subject of debate; that is as it should be. But those debates need to be well-informed to produce sensible policy outcomes.


Dame Angela Eagle MP and leading experts in tax discussed whether the UK should make more use of taxes on wealth. Even if the overall tax take doesn’t rise, should more be raised from wealth for distributional reasons? And, if we are to tax wealth more, should this be achieved by reforming ...
Presentation given by Helen Miller at the IFS Spring 2021 pre-Budget event on the need for a plan regarding the transition from support to recovery measures.