What are the options for reforming pensions taxation?
There are various reforms that could improve the targeting of pension saving incentives or alleviate inequities in the current system.
Should tax be used to encourage entrepreneurship?
There are reasons to promote entrepreneurship, but low headline tax rates on income from business are poorly targeted at that goal.
Should income from business be taxed like income from employment?
There is a strong case to tax business income at the same rates as employment income – if the tax base is also reformed.
Are preferential tax rates for the self-employed justified?
Lower headline tax rates on self-employment than on employment aren’t justified by differences in benefits or employment rights, and are poorly targeted at improving investment incentives.
Taxation of private pensions explained
Private pensions are tax-favoured relative to most other forms of saving. The extent of the tax advantages varies between people.
What does the government spend money on?
On the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, government spending was almost £890 billion, or around 40% of GDP. Health spending is a growing share of the total.
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National Insurance contributions explained
National Insurance contributions (NICs) are the UK’s second-biggest tax, expected to raise almost £150 billion in 2021–22 – about 20% of all tax revenue.
Where does the government get its money?
The government raises around £800 billion in revenue each year. Most comes from the three biggest taxes: income tax, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and VAT.
How have government revenues changed over time?
UK tax revenue is forecast to reach its highest sustained level since the aftermath of the Second World War. One major trend since the 1970s has been a shift towards VAT.