Category: Fiscal Policy

IEA Debate: Should Capital Gains Tax be abolished?

The Chancellor has asked the Office for Tax Simplification to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to ‘ensure the system is fit for purpose’ and to look again at how capital gains are taxed compared to other types of income. But should he go further and simply abolish CGT completely? Philip Booth, the IEA’s Senior … Continue reading IEA Debate: Should Capital Gains Tax be abolished?

Chancellor gets it just about right

Rishi Sunak’s ‘Summer Economic Update’ was judged well – and delivered well – but it remains to be seen whether all the headline-grabbing measures will live up to the hype. The blizzard of announcements, culminating in the gimmicky ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, left me at least wondering whether the Chancellor was trying a … Continue reading Chancellor gets it just about right

Now is the time for the Government to make the bold decision to do less

Rishi Sunak is having a relatively good crisis. The Chancellor and his team certainly deserve plenty of credit for the way the Treasury has shielded the large majority of businesses and jobs during an unprecedented slump in economic activity. But this task has been made easier by the broad consensus on the appropriate policies and … Continue reading Now is the time for the Government to make the bold decision to do less

The economy could pleasantly surprise us at how fast it recovers

The focus of economic policy is starting to shift from protecting businesses, jobs and incomes during the lockdown towards supporting the recovery. Business lobbies, ‘big state’ think tanks, academics and the TUC are all lining up to call for a huge fiscal stimulus. However, more intervention now could be exactly the wrong choice. Instead, we … Continue reading The economy could pleasantly surprise us at how fast it recovers