Paying for Progress: A New Politics of Tax for Public Spending

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Scarred by the legacy of Thatcherism and past electoral defeats, taxation has become a difficult subject for New Labour. But taxation is central to the relationship between citizen and state. This work aims to stimulate debate on the role of taxation in a modern society. The report of the Fabian Commission on Taxation and Citizenship, chaired by Professor Raymond Plant, argues that the public needs to be reconnected to the taxes they pay and the public services which these finance. It argues for greater use of hypothecated taxes, and calls for independent auditing of government performance. Discussing the key question of the overall share of taxation in GDP, it argues for a more redistributive and simpler tax system.

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