The tax burden under Labour

The tax burden under Labour
Document type
Briefing
Author(s)
Chote, Robert; Crawford, Rowena; Emmerson, Carl
Publisher
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
1 April 2010
Series
The Institute for Fiscal Studies 2010 Elections Briefing Notes. No. 4
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This election briefing note examines the evolution of the tax burden over the last 60 years. Section 2 begins by giving an overview of revenues over time, and then compares the changes in revenues over time with growth in national income. Section 2 also examines how the composition of tax revenues has changed since Labour came to power and compares this to the trend seen over the period in which the Conservatives were in power from 1979 to 1997. Finally this section puts the change in the tax burden since Labour came to power in an international context. Section 3 examines the extent to which changes in the tax burden since Labour came to power can be explained by discretionary policy changes, economic growth and other factors.

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